• View from Battery DeGolyer


    National Military Park Mississippi

1st Illinois Light Artillery, Battery A

Unit position marker

Unit marker

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Monument is located on Graveyard Road 150 yards east of the Stockade Redan; also an iron tablet on the ridge 200' south of Graveyard Road, 400' east of the Stockade Redan; also an iron tablet 600' north of Park Tour Stop #5 near the tree line. This unit was attached to Maj. Gen. Francis P. Blair's 2nd Division of Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's XV Army Corps and was commanded by Capt. Peter P. Wood. (Capt. William Cogswell commanded all 1st Illinois Light artillery.) [Refer to Gen. Blair of Missouri].
Unit position tablet
Unit position tablets
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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

President Abraham Lincoln, in speaking of Vicksburg's importance, is reputed to have stated early during the Civil War, "See what a lot of land these fellows hold, of which Vicksburg is the key, the war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pocket."