• View from Battery DeGolyer

    Vicksburg

    National Military Park Mississippi

Virginia Botetourt Artillery

Virginia State Memorial, Botetourt Artillery Marker

Virginia State Memorial, Botetourt Artillery Marker

The Virginia Botetourt Artillery monument is located outside of Vicksburg National Military Park on former park property in the City of Vicksburg, on the southeast corner of North Frontage Road and Iowa Avenue. This unit was attached to Maj. Gen. Carter L. Stevenson's Division, Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton's Army of Vicksburg, and commanded by Capt. Joseph W. Anderson (killed in action 16 May 1863), Capt. J. W. Johnston, Lt. Francis Obenchain, and Lt. J. P. Wright. [Refer to Edwin Bearss' The Vicksburg Campaign, Volume I, page 224, Volume II, pages 406 and 643 and Volume III, pages 784, 873, and 965.]

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."