• View from Battery DeGolyer

    Vicksburg

    National Military Park Mississippi

Tour Stop 15 - Hovey's Approach

Union Trench at Hovey's Approach

Union Trench at Hovey's Approach

NPS Photo

The Union forces opposite Fort Garrott were commanded by Brigadier General Alvin Hovey. It was Hovey's infantrymen who dug two approach trenches which merge just before Fort Garrott. Here you can obtain an excellent view of how siege operations were conducted. The approach trench is zig-zag, a design to minimize Northern casualties by reducing the effectiveness of Southern enfilading fire.
 
Zigzag Trenches of Hovey's Approach
Zigzag Trenches of Hovey's Approach in Front of Fort Garrott
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Did You Know?

Old Douglas Headstone, Cedar Hill Cemetery

The 43d Mississippi Infantry's mascot, Douglas the Camel, remained with the regiment until Vicksburg where he was killed by Union sharpshooters. Douglas is honored with his own grave marker in Vicksburg's Cedar Hill Cemetery.