1st Louisiana Heavy Artillery, Company E
This unit was attached to the "Railroad Battery" and was commanded by Capt. Lawrence B. Haynes. The "Railroad Battery" was located 100 ft above the river just south of the railroad cut and mounted one 18-pdr rifled gun ("Whistling Dick") and one 20-pdr Parrott rifled gun. [Refer to Edwin Bearss' The Vicksburg Campaign, Volume II, page 63.]
Did You Know?
Thomas O. Selfridge, captain of the USS Cairo, commanded three boats which sank during the war. Each began with the letter "C"-Cumberland, Cairo, and Conestoga. The coincidence was noted after the Conestoga sank, and Selfridge was assigned to the USS Osage, which survived to the end of the war.