Battle Detail

Chickasaw Bayou

Other Name:
Chickasaw Bluffs, Walnut Hills
Operations Against Vicksburg
December 1862-January 1863
Principal Commanders:
General William Sherman [US] Lieutenant General John Pemberton [CS]
Forces Engaged:
0 total (US 0; CS 0;)
Estimated Casualties:
1963 total (US 1776; CS 187;)
On December 26, 1862, three Union divisions, under Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, disembarked at Johnson's Plantation on the Yazoo River to approach the Vicksburg defenses from the northeast while a fourth landed farther upstream on the 27th. On the 27th, the Federals pushed their lines forward through the swamps toward Walnut Hills, which were strongly defended. On the 28th, several futile attempts were made to get around these defenses. On December 29, Sherman ordered a frontal assault which was repulsed with heavy casualties. Sherman then withdrew. This Confederate victory frustrated Grant's attempts to take Vicksburg by direct approach.
Confederate Victory
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