• View from Battery DeGolyer

    Vicksburg

    National Military Park Mississippi

4th Mississippi Infantry

4th Mississippi Infantry Regimental Monument

4th Mississippi Infantry Regimental Monument

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Monument located on the north side of Confederate Avenue approximately 0.4 miles east of the Tennessee Memorial. Also, three trench markers located on the north side of Confederate Avenue approximately 0.3 miles east of the Tennessee Memorial and running east. This unit was attached to Brig. Gen. William E. Baldwin's Brigade, of Maj. Gen. Martin Luther Smith's Division, Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton's Army of Vicksburg, and commanded by Col. Pierce S. Layton, Lt. Col. Thomas W. Adair, and Capt. Thomas P. Nelson.
 
4th Mississippi Infantry Marker

4th Mississippi Infantry Marker

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At the Battle of Big Black River Bridge, the regiment was attached to Brig. Gen. John S. Bowen's Bridgehead Defense Force, and although suffering few killed and wounded, many men were captured, including Maj. Joseph J. Gee. [Refer to Edwin Bearss' The Vicksburg Campaign, Volume I, page 225; Volume II, pages 407 and 689; and Volume III, pages 779, 869, and 966.]

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."