By Field R., Hook A.
The Mississippi River performed a decisive function within the American Civil warfare. The accomplice fortifications that managed the decrease Mississippi valley have been placed to the attempt within the long Federal crusade of 1862-63. Vicksburg used to be a citadel urban, often called the "Gibraltar of the Confederacy," whose catch is usually obvious because the key to victory within the conflict. This e-book explores the fortifications of the river valley, targeting Vicksburg and its defenses which boasted a community of forts, rifle pits, and cannon embrasures surrounding the town and studying the strengths and weaknesses of the fortifications while lower than siege. additionally tested are quite a few 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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Beyond this was a 6ft-high and 12ft-wide traverse, which enclosed the parapet at its western end while leaving the eastern end open. The brigade, under General Francis A. Shoup, consisting of the 26th, 27th, and 28th Louisiana, garrisoned this redoubt and manned the trenches at its front and either side. The Stockade Redan complex during the siege ofVicksburg 34 The Stockade Redan was the most northerly point in the defenses ofYicksburg. See the main text for full details. I The Central Redan (plus section view) 2 3 4 5 6 Green's Redan (plus section view) Twenty-seventh Louisiana Lunette (plus section view) The Graveyard Road Palisade (plus section view) Abatis The Stockade Redan complex during the siege ofVicksburg 5 w V1 This rare view behind the Confederate lines near the Stockade Redan at Vicksburg is based on a sketch made with "a glass" from the Federal rifle pits.
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. Assigned to Chile in 1888 to work on a large railroad and construction project, he died in Bogota, Colombia on October 12, 1891. His portrait was painted by Nicola Marschall, who briefly served as one of his draftsmen in Company B, 2nd Regiment, Confederate Engineer Troops.
An almost unremitting fire of sharpshooters was kept up during all hours of daylight during the whole time, varied by occasional brisk cannonading. " The Square Fort itself was garrisoned by elements of the 20th Alabama, commanded by Colonel Isham W. Garrott. This redoubt contained one 6-pounder and one 12-pounder howitzer, manned by Vaiden's Mississippi Battery, and another 12-pounder howitzer served by Waddell's Alabama Battery. Between June 16 and 17, 1863 the 20th Alabama suffered heavy casualties from the fire of Federal sharpshooters in rifle pits close to the fort.