1st Louisiana Heavy Artillery, Company B
This unit was attached to the Marine Hospital Battery and commanded by Capt. William B. Robertson. The Marine Hospital Battery was west of the Marine Hospital about 40 ft above the river, and mounted three 42-pdr smoothbore guns, two 32-pdr smoothbore guns, and two 32-pdr rifled guns. [Refer to Edwin Bearss’ The Vicksburg Campaign, Volume II, page 63.]
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."