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Port Hudson Battlefield Louisiana Pamphlet

Port Hudson Battlefield Louisiana Pamphlet

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Pamphlet about the Port Hudson Battlefield State Historic Site, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana.
Pamphlet about the Port Hudson Battlefield State Historic Site, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana.

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Published by: Paleogene on May 03, 2012
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P
ort
Hudson
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Walk
along
the
six miles
of
trails
at
Port
Hu
dson
State
Historic
Site
and
you'll
be
backin
the turbulent
days
ofthe
War Between
the
States.
Why
Port
Hudson?
Control
of
the
Mississippi River was
import
ant to
both
sides
during
the
American
Civil War.
TheNorth
wanted
to
control
the
river
and
split
th
e
Confederacy in
two
.
TheSouth
wanted to maintain control and
ensure
the
flow
of
supplies
back and
forth
across
the
river.
CONF
EDERATES
TRONGHOLD-
When New
Orleans
fell
to
Federal
troops in
late
April 1862
,
The original breastworks in the
Fort
D
es
perate
ar
ea
ar
ein
muc
h thesame
Confed
e
rate control
of the
Mississippi was
in
jeopardy.
The
Confederate
condition today as theywere
100
years
army
had
alre
ady fortified
the
river bluffs
at
Vicksburg, Mississippi,
but
ag
o.
A wooden boardwalk providesthe visitor a complete view
of
the area
it
needed another
series
of
river
batteries
below
the
mouth
of
the
Red
where thefierc
es
tfighting took plac
e.
River.
The
Red
River
was
the
primary route
for
the shipment
of
supplies 
An
interpretive building
is
uisible inthebackground.
from
Texas
to the
heartland
ofthe
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
overlookeda
severe
bend
in
the
river.
This
bend
presented
an
additional
obstacle for
Union
warships.
FollOWing
their
de
feat
at the
Battle
of
BatonRouge
on
August
5, 1862}
Confederate
soldiers
marched to
Port
Hudson and occupied
the
area
on August
IS}
1862.
They constructed
aseries
of
river
batteries
along
the
bluffs and,
in
the months
that
followed,
erected
a 4
1
12-mile
line
of
earthworks
to
protect
the
land appro
ach
to
the
river batteries.

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