American Civil War Fortifications. The Mississippi and River by Ron Field

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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 seize is usually visible because the key to victory within the warfare. This ebook explores the fortifications of the river valley, targeting Vicksburg and its defenses which boasted a community of forts, rifle pits, and cannon embrasures surrounding town and interpreting the strengths and weaknesses of the fortifications whilst below 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 paintings and cutaways.

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The guns from those batteries in the rear were moved forward as the siege advanced. These batteries were sometimes constructed under the supervision of the pioneers of the division to which the battery belonged, and sometimes by the officer who was to command the finished work. Due to a shortage of personnel, only three engineer officers were on duty on the Federal siege lines at Vicksburg at anyone time. According to chief engineer Captain Frederick E. Prime: Over a line so extended and ground so rough as that which surrounds Vicksburg, only a general supervision was possible, and this gave to the siege one of its peculiar characteristics, namely, that many times, at different places, the work that should be done, and the way it should be done, depended on officers, or even on men, without either theoretical or practical knowledge of siege operations, and who had to rely upon their native good During the night of June 13/14, 1863, Federal troops in a sap called "EWing's Approach" crawled within 20 yards of the foot of the Stockade Redan and were attacked with hand-grenades and lighted shells by the garrison composed of the Mississippians and Missourians of Shoup's brigade.

Winschel. " As a result of his great skill as a military engineer, the Confederate forces under General Pemberton were able to hold off two full-scale Union assaults and withstood a 47-day siege. Following the surrender ofVicksburg, Lockett continued to serve as Chief Engineer on the staff of General D. H. Maury and supervised construction of the Mobile defenses. After the war he taught mathematics at the Louisiana State University, worked on the Louisiana Topographical Survey, and served as engineer for the Khedive of Egypt during the Abyssinian Campaign of 1875-76.

Author's collection) 48 The batteries At the northern end of the Union lines, Battery Selfridge was located opposite Fort Hill. Named for Lieutenant Commander Thomas o. , the former commander of USS Cairo, an ironclad gunboat sunk by a mine in the Yazoo River on December 12, 1862, it was the only Federal battery which contained cannon manned exclusively by sailors. Detailed from Admiral David Dixon Porter's fleet, this battery served two 8in. Columbiads from June 5, 1863 until the end of the siege.

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