• View from Battery DeGolyer

    Vicksburg

    National Military Park Mississippi

31st Illinois Infantry

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Monument is located on Union Avenue 75 yards north of the Shirley House. Also a marker designating the assault of 22 May 1863 located off the scout trail 150' behind the Illinois Memorial and a marker designating a sharpshooter's line located on Old Jackson Road east of Park Tour Stop #3. This unit was attached to Brig. Gen'ls John E. Smith & Mortimer D. Leggett's (assumed command 3 June 1863) 1st Brigade of Maj. Gen. John A. Logan's 3rd Division, Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson's XVII Army Corps and was commanded by Col. Edwin S. McCook (WIA at the Battle of Raymond, MS 12 May 1863), Col. John D. Rees and Maj. Robert N. Pearson. [Refer to pages 166 & 167, Volume IV, WPA Monumentation Survey Books.]
 
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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."