• View from Battery DeGolyer


    National Military Park Mississippi

34th Iowa Infantry Detachment

Unit position marker

Unit position marker

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Iron tablet located at Navy Circle on South Washington Street. A detail of the 34th Iowa under the command of Acting Master J. Frank Reed of the gunboat Benton served two 42-pdr. rifled guns in "Battery Benton" from the morning of 1 July 1863 until the end of the siege. A shell from the Confederate mortar in South Fort exploded in the battery on 1 July 1863 killing 1 & badly wounding 4 enlisted men of the 34th Iowa Infantry detail.

Did You Know?

USS Cairo ca. 1862

The USS Cairo was only in service for 11 months before making history as the first U.S. marine vessel to be sunk by an electronically detonated mine.