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Port Hudson, capture of Port Hudson, or Hickey's Landing, was on a high bluff on the left bank of the Mississippi, in Louisiana, at a very sharp bend in the stream. At the foot of the bluff was Hickey's Landing. The Confederates had erected a series of batteries, extending along the river from Port Hudson to Thompson's Creek above, a distance of about 3 miles. They were armed with very heavy guns. They were field batteries that might be moved to any part of the line. Immediately after Banks took command of the Department of the Gulf (Dec. 18, 1862), he determined to attempt to remove this obstruction to the navigation of the Mississippi. He sent General Grover with 10,000 men to occupy Baton Rouge, but the advance on Port Hudson was delayed, because it would require a larger force than Banks could then spare. So he operated for a while among the rich sugar and cotton regions of Louisiana, west of the river. In March, 1863, he concentrated his forces—nearly 25,000 strong—a
Port Hudson, capture of Port Hudson, or Hickey's Landing, was on a high bluff on the left bank
f batteries, extending along the river from Port Hudson to Thompson's Creek above, a distance of ab n to occupy Baton Rouge, but the advance on Port Hudson was delayed, because it would require a lar had gathered a small fleet at a point below Port Hudson, with a determination to run by the batteri
To make this movement, Banks sent towards Port Hudson (March 13) 12,000 men, who drove in the pic the Mississippi and began the investment of Port Hudson, May 24, 1863.
His troops were commanded b and one or two other vessels, was now above Port Hudson, holding the river, while four other gunboa on the
Farragut passing the batteries at Port Hudson. water, preparatory to a general assault.
off. So ended the first general assault on Port Hudson, in which the Nationals lost 1,842 men, of made prisoners of war. The little hamlet of Port Hudson was in ruins.
The loss of Banks during the [1 more...]