By Ron Field
The Mississippi River performed a decisive function within the American Civil battle. The accomplice fortifications that managed the reduce Mississippi valley have been placed to the try out within the long Federal crusade of 1862-63. Vicksburg was once a fort urban, referred to as the "Gibraltar of the Confederacy," whose catch is frequently obvious because the key to victory within the battle. This e-book explores the fortifications of the river valley, concentrating on Vicksburg and its defenses which boasted a community of forts, rifle pits, and cannon embrasures surrounding town and studying the strengths and weaknesses of the fortifications while less than siege. additionally tested are various different fortified strongholds, together with New Orleans, Port Hudson, New Madrid and, forts Henry and Donelson, all lavishly illustrated with complete colour art and cutaways.
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28 directions, as bayous, thickets, and gullies protected the approaches. It also guarded the nearby mouth of the Red River, a route for goods flowing from the west that helped sustain the Confederacy. By the spring of 1863 the Confederates, then commanded by Major General Franklin Gardner, had built massive parapets with about 30 siege guns mounted along the bluffs to command the river. According to an inspection report produced by Colonel Charles M. " During the siege of Port Hudson two of these guns including a lOin.
Confederate interest in the defense of Vicksburg began much earlier than these events. In response to the Federal occupation of Ship Island, in the Gulf of Mexico, on March 21, 1862, Colonel James L. Autry of the 27th Mississippi Infantry was ordered to the city as "Military Governor and Post Commandant," and began the first stages of fortification by the end of that month. Further reinforcements arrived at Vicksburg following the fall of New Orleans on April 25. Brigadier General Martin Luther Smith assumed command of Vicksburg on May 12, 1862 and the defense of the city became the overall responsibility of Lieutenant General John C.
Thayer'S Approach and Tunnel was established towards the Twenty-sixth Louisiana Redoubt. Giles A. Smith's Left and Right Approaches, Ewing's Approach and Buckland's Approach, with Lightburn's Approach stemming from the latter, were dug in front of the Stockade Redan. A. J. Smith's Left and Right Approaches invested the Second Texas Lunette. Carr's Left and Right Approaches threatened the Railroad Redoubt. Logan's Approach closed in on the 3rd Louisiana Redan from Battery Hickenlooper. Hovey's Approach neared the Square Fort, while Slack's Secondary Approach drew close to an angle in the trench line manned by the 23rd Alabama Infantry south of that fort.
American Civil War Fortifications. The Mississippi and River Forts by Ron Field