Confederate magazine at Fort Wade, Grand Gulf, Mississippi excavations, 1980-1981 by Wright, William C.

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Published by Mississippi Dept. of Archives and History and Grand Gulf State Military Monument in [Jackson, MS] .

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  • Grand Gulf State Military Park (Miss.),
  • Ford Wade Site (Miss.),
  • Grand Gulf Region (Miss.),
  • Mississippi,
  • Grand Gulf Region.


  • Confederate States of America. Army -- Ordnance facilities.,
  • Powder-magazines -- Mississippi -- Grand Gulf Region.,
  • Excavations (Archaeology) -- Mississippi -- Grand Gulf Region.,
  • Grand Gulf State Military Park (Miss.),
  • Ford Wade Site (Miss.),
  • Grand Gulf Region (Miss.) -- Antiquities.,
  • Mississippi -- Antiquities.

Edition Notes

Bibliography: p. 48-49.

Book details

StatementWilliam C. Wright.
SeriesArchaeological report ;, no. 8, Archaeological report (Jackson, Miss.) ;, no. 8.
LC ClassificationsF347.C5 W74 1982
The Physical Object
Paginationv, 51 p. :
Number of Pages51
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL2152417M
LC Control Number88622073

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Get this from a library. The Confederate magazine at Fort Wade, Grand Gulf, Mississippi: excavations, [William C Wright].

At the end of the summer season the excavations, centered around the remains of the Confederate Magazine within Fort Wade, were approximately sixty percent completed even though approximately 4, cubic feet of overburden had been removed by hand.

Fort Wade History. Part of the Confederate defense of the town of Grand Gulf during the Union effort to capture Vicksburg, Mississippi.

The fort consisted of earthen works shielding four heavy rifle positions. Armament during the April battle consisted of two 20 pounder Parrott rifles and two 32 pounder rifles. The Battle of Grand Gulf was fought on Apduring the American Civil the Vicksburg Campaign of Maj.

Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, Union naval forces under Rear Adm. David D. Grand Gulf led seven ironclads in an attack on the Confederate fortifications and batteries at Grand Gulf, downriver from Vicksburg, gh the Confederates withstood the Union bombardment and. Down the hill from the Spanish House is the site of Fort Wade, an earthwork fortification constructed by Confederate troops during the early days of the Vicksburg Campaign.

It was designed to defend the Grand Gulf area and attack any Union ships or troops attempting to move up. On June 6,the Union naval force approached Memphis, where the Confederate River Defense Fleet protected the forts there.

Just days before, the Union Armies of the Tennessee, the Ohio, and the Mississippi forced the withdrawal of the Confederates from the town; this. On Aphis objective was to force a crossing of the Mississippi River from Louisiana at Grand Gulf, Mississippi, and then move on Vicksburg from the south.

The first battle of Grant’s Vicksburg Campaign, the leaders were Union Rear Admiral David D. Porter and Confederate.

On the morning of April 29th, the flotilla steamed into Grand Gulf and opened fire at a.m. The ironclads closed in on Confederate batteries as both sides blasted away at each other. At a.m. Lafayette was ordered to assist the City Class ironclads firing on Fort Wade.

Civil War Defenses of Grand Gulf (Grand Gulf State Park) (), Grand Gulf Confederate defenses located on the Mississippi River northwest of Port Gibson were: Fort Cobun at Point of Rock. It withstood a Union attack in April before it was abandoned in May. The earthworks and magazine still exist.

FORT WIKI Fort Wade less than one mile. Just uphill from the main entrance and museum at Grand Gulf. Military Monument can be found the remains of Fort Wade.

This. earthwork fort was constructed by Confederate troops during the. early days of the Vicksburg Campaign and was designed to rain.

heavy artillery fire on Union ships attempting to move up or down the. Mississippi River. The Confederate Magazine at Fort Wade Grand Gulf, Mississippi: 3 copies The Confederate Upper Battery Site, Grand Gulf, Mississippi Excavations, 2 copies William C.

Wright Mississippi book. Rear Admiral David D. Porter took seven ironclads in to attack Grand Gulf, downriver from Vicksburg. The Confederates withstood a horrendous bombardment and prevented Federal infantry from landing.

The two major Confederate fortifications were earthen Fort Cobun and Fort Wade. Union troops were from Major General Jogn A. McClernand's XIII Corps. For five hours on Ap the Union fleet bombarded the Grand Gulf defenses in an attempt to silence the Confederate guns and prepare the way for a landing.

T he fleet, however, sustained heavy damage and failed to achieve its objective. Admiral Porter declared, "Grand Gulf is the strongest place on the Mississippi.". Guibor's and Wade's Missouri Batteries manned its four big guns.

When Admiral David G. Farragut's squadron passed Grand Gulf on Ma the guns of Fort Wade roared into action. General John S. Bowen, the Confederate commander at Grand Gulf had narrow escape when one of the pounder Parrott's burst as he entered the : Forts and Castles, US Civil War, Waterways.

On a shelf overlooking the charred ruins of Grand Gulf the Confederate engineers built Fort Wade. Guibor's and Wade's Missouri Batteries manned its four big guns. When Admiral David G. Farragut's squadron passed Grand Gulf on Ma the guns of Fort Wade roared into action. Once the army and supporting transportation craft were in position Porter’s gunboats were to bombard Confederate fortifications at Grand Gulf.

After Forts Wade and Cobun were reduced McClernand’s corps would launch an amphibious assault. Any hope of sustaining Grant’s substantial force was dependent upon Grand Gulf being under Federal.

The excavations at Grand Gulf's Upper Battery site on the man-made terrace in the western face of Point of Rock during the summer of were a continuing study of Grand Gulf's Confederate fortifications, constructed during March and April of the Grand Gulf Military Park.

The heights on which the Confederates built fortifications still exist and dominate the landscape as they did during the battle.

Both Fort Wade and Fort Cobun are intact, including most of their supporting earthworks. Protection of intact battlefield land surrounding the existing state park offers the greatest. The attack by the seven ironclads began at am and continued until about pm.

During the fight, the ironclads moved within yards of the Rebel guns and silenced the lower batteries of Fort Wade; the Confederate upper batteries at Fort Cobun remained out of reach and continued to fire.

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LC Civil War Maps (2nd ed.), Shows "Ft. Cobun," "Ft. Wade," streets of Grand Gulf, "R.R. to Port Gibson," plantation of "Col.

Coffee," vegetation, soundings, and relief by hachures. "The fortifications facing the river are those erected by the rebels, and captured by the Mississippi Squadron, under the command of Admiral Porter, on May 3d.

Relief shown by contours. LC Civil War Maps (2nd ed.), Sun print with annotations in pencil and ink. Appears to be a preliminary copy of Civil War Maps (2nd ed.) no.

GM5 G38 CW Shows "Ft. Wade" fortifications. Description derived from published bibliography. Civil War salted paper maps. AL Available also through the Library of Congress web site as raster image. ► Mississippi (Claiborne County), Grand Gulf — Fort Wade Ammunition Magazine — Destroyed by the Confederates on the morning of May 3, when Grand Gulf could no longer be held against the Federal army approaching from Port Gibson, the large sections of iron grate are the remains of the town's jail which was moved into the.

Grand Gulf Road Port Gibson, MS Website: The river batteries at Grand Gulf were the southernmost leg of the Vicksburg defenses. Grant tried to land his army at Grand Gulf but was driven off by the Confederate the Battle of Port Gibson, Grand Gulf became Grant's base of operations.

The attack by the seven ironclads began at 8 a.m. and continued until about p.m. During the fight, the ironclads moved within yards of the Confederate guns and silenced the lower batteries of Fort Wade; the Confederate upper batteries at Fort Cobun remained out of reach and continued to fire.

- Private Ephraim McDowell Anderson, Co. G, 2nd Missouri Infantry, First Missouri Brigade, C.S.A. - Describing Camp 2 miles from Grand Gulf, Mississippi - March, - From the book, " Memoirs Historical And Personal Including the Campaigns of the First Missouri Confederate Brigade".

March-April - Col. Francis M. Cockrell assumes command of the 1st Missouri Brigade. Arrive at Grand Gulf, Miss., on March In April the brigade crosses the Mississippi to make a short reconnaissance in Louisiana, skirmishing with Maj.

Gen. John McClernand's Corps. On April 29 they repel a Union naval attack by seven ironclads. The location of Fort Wade’s ammunition magazine has been excavated. A union heavy mortar found in the area is on display at the Fort Wade site.

The area contains a lot of well preserved earthworks, as well as a cemetery and buildings dating back to before the Civil War when Grand Gulf was the location of an up and coming town. Civil War in Mississippi.

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associated Followers: K. Engagement at Grand Gulf, Miss. Report of Brigadier General John S. Bowen, C. Army. HDQRS. 1ST BRIGADE, 2nd DIVISION, ARMY OF MISSISSIPPI, Grand Gulf, Miss., April 1, MAJOR: I have the honor to report that the enemy's boats, three in number, passed down the river yesterday evening at.

Common Knowledge Series Mississippi Department of Archives and History Archaeological Report. Series: Mississippi Department of Archives and History Archaeological Report. Series by cover. The Confederate Magazine at Fort Wade Grand Gulf, Mississippi: Excavations, Grant prepares to cross into Mississippi at Grand Gulf, but after a battle with Confederate guns Porter moves downstream to Bruinsburg.

Grant soon has John McClernand's corps in Mississippi, followed by James McPherson's. On May 1, Grant's army wins the Battle of Port Gibson. Victories come at Raymond, Jackson, Champion Hill, and the Big Black. Grand Gulf Military State Park is a Mississippi state park located 10 miles northwest of Port Gibson in an unincorporated area, now the ghost town of Grand Gulf, in Claiborne is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Mississippi t city: Port Gibson.

Incidentally,The shell had a strange fuse,that was as unusual as the shell itself,shaped like a doorknob. It was exploded by a percussion cap just under the soft brass knob. A shell was found in the wrecked magazine at Fort Wade, Grand Gulf, which had a similar fuse. It was thought that shell was meant to be used as a land mine.

Battles, scenes, and places of the Civil War in Mississippi. Thank you for your patience while we retrieve your images. Home»Legends of America Photo Prints Grand Gulf, MS - Fort Wade Ammunition Magazine Grand Gulf, MS - Military Park Grand Gulf, MS - Naval Battle Site.

Plan of attack on Confederate batteries at Grand Gulf, Mississippi, p. United States Steamer Lafayette, p. Batteries at Grand Gulf, Mississippi, captured May 3,p.

Sketch of Fort De Russy, Red River, Louisiana, p. Diagram of raft at Snyders Mill, Yazoo River, Mississippi, p. —Battle of Grand Gulf — During the Ap bom-bardment of Grand Gulf these rifle pits and the "covered way" which linked Fort Wade and Fort Cobun were held by the 3rd Missouri (Confederate).Date Added: Thursday, June 15th, at am PDT   Perched on top a majestic bluff sits the small town of Vicksburg, Mississippi.

With a seat right on the Mississippi River, the town is a prime location for commerce and trade. This was especially true in the Summer of when the Confederate army held the.

Located in the northwest corner of Claiborne County, Mississippi, Grand Gulf was once a bustling river port town in the first half of the 19th Century. Between the years of andthe land which would become Mississippi Territory was controlled by the French and Spanish governments.

During that time, land grants were issued to settlers, including several by the Spanish in the late - 24 Dec 62 - 4 Jul See more ideas about War, American civil war and Civil war art pins.

Before Grand Gulf Sharing the Honors The Trip Down the Mississippi Incidents of the Voyage Up the Red River The Fight at Gordon's Landing Occupation of Fort De Russy and Alexandria.

FIAT JUSTICIA.The war west of the Mississippi had fascinating events, even if it is not much studied Score A book’s total score is based on multiple factors, including the number of people who have voted for it and how highly those voters ranked the book.The American Battlefield Trust’s map of the Battle of Port Gibson.

Port Gibson, ten miles east of Bruinsburg on the Little Bayou Pierre River, commanded the road network between Grand Gulf and Jackson and was Maj.

Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s first objective after crossing the Mississippi. The Confederates there were commanded by Maj. Gen. John S. Bowen, who had moved a division .

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