Port Hudson Battlefield

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*"Why Port Hudson?" Courtesy of the State of Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism and the Office of State Parks brochure:

20 pounder Why Port Hudson?

      Control of the Mississippi River was important to both sides during the American Civil War. The North wanted to control the river and split the Confederacy in two. The South wanted to maintain control and ensure the flow of supplies back and forth across the river.

     When New Orleans fell to the Federals in late April 1862, Confederate army had already fortified the river bluffs at Vicksburg, Mississippi, but it needed another series of river batteries below the mouth of the Red River. The Red River was the primary route for the shipment of supplies from Texas to the heartland of the Confederacy.

      The bluffs near the small town of Port Hudson represented a perfect site for the river batteries. These bluffs were the first high ground upstream from Baton Rouge and overlooked a severe bend in the river. This bend presented an additional obstacle for Union warships.

     Following their defeat at the Battle of Baton Rouge on August 5, 1862, Confederate soldiers marched to Port Hudson and occupied the area on August 15, 1862. They constructed a series of river batteries along the bluffs and, in the months that followed, erected a 4 1/2 - mile line of earthworks to protect the land approach to the river batteries.
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State Parks - Port Hudson
     State Parks Brochure & Literature on Port Hudson includes Park Map

Port Hudson S.C.A. Sources
     Listing of Sources, Individual & Government Publications on Port Hudson.

Trails at Port Hudson
     A Brief history of each trail at Port Hudson during the siege.

Federal Units at Port Hudson
     List & some links to the Federal Units at Port Hudson.

Battle of Port Hudson
     May 23, 1863: Siege of Port Hudson longest in American history.

Civil War Battle Summaries by State
     CWSAC List of Civil Battles in Louisiana (and other states) with link to specific battle.

The Louisiana Native Guards
     Good source and a lot of information on the 1st Regiment of Blacks in the Civil War.

Louisiana Civil War Map of Battles
     Louisiana State Map with Civil War Battles and dates. Also good link to other civil war events.

Port Hudson S.C.A. ~ Fort Desperate
     Brief history of 292 officers and men under the command of Confederate Colonel Benjamin W. Johnson


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