American Civil War Fortifications (3): The Mississippi and by Ron Field

By Ron Field

The Mississippi River performed a decisive function within the American Civil warfare. The accomplice fortifications that managed the decrease Mississippi valley have been positioned to the attempt 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 frequently visible because the key to victory within the struggle.

This publication 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 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 art and cutaways.

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In some cases they were well and neatly reveted with gabions and fascines, and furnished with substantial plank platforms, while in others reveting of rough boards, [fence] rails, or cotton bales was used, and the platforms were made of boards and timber from the nearest barn or cottongin house. The larger part of the fascines, gabions, and sap-rollers was prepared by the pioneer companies of the different divisions. The crew of the “Left piece” of Chicago Light Artillery etched their battle honors on its breech before turning their gun in.

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This battery eventually contained two 30-pounder Parrott rifles manned by the 1st US Infantry, one six-pounder served by the 3rd Battery Ohio Light Artillery, and 24-pounder howitzers manned by Co. D, 1st Illinois Light Artillery. The “Coonskin Tower” constructed for marksman Lieutenant Henry C. Foster stood to the left and rear of this work. Named for Major General James B. McPherson, commanding the Seventeenth Army Corps, Battery McPherson was situated along the Jackson Road. Constructed by “a portion of the division pioneer corps” under the supervision of Captain Tresilian, it was described as “a sunken battery” and contained two 30-pounder Parrott rifles under Captain Robert H.

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