• View from Battery DeGolyer

    Vicksburg

    National Military Park Mississippi

55th Alabama Infantry

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This unit was attached to Brig. Gen. Abraham Buford's 2d Brigade of Maj. Gen. William Wing Loring's Division, Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton's Army of Vicksburg, and commanded by Col. John Snodgrass. At the beginning of the Vicksburg Campaign, the brigade, less the 54th and 55th Alabama, was at Port Hudson, LA. The 55th Alabama was retained by Loring at Meridian, MS, as a mobile reserve. When Buford's brigade was reorganized and ordered to Tullahoma, TN, on or about 15 April 1863, and then recalled on 18 April 1863, both regiments were re-attached to the brigade and participated in the Battle of Champion Hill on 16 May 1863. On 19 May 1863, the division arrived at Jackson, MS, and was attached to Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's Army of Relief, Department of the West. [Refer to Edwin Bearss' The Vicksburg Campaign, Volume II, pages 250 and 643 and Volume III, page 1151.]

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Thomas O. Selfridge

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.