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Port Hudson, Confederate bastion on the Mississippi

Author: Lawrence L Hewitt; Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State University. Libraries)
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Although evidence of the site has nearly vanished, Port Hudson, Louisiana, holds a distinct place in Civil War history. Located just north of Baton Rouge, the village was the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River and the site of the longest genuine siege in American military history. In Port Hudson, Confederate Bastion on the Mississippi, Lawrence Hewitt offers a compelling account of the Confederate  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence L Hewitt; Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State University. Libraries)
ISBN: 0807113514 9780807113516
OCLC Number: 15485503
Description: xvi, 221 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Occupation : August, 1862 --
Fortification : August-November, 1862 --
Reorganization : December, 1862-February, 1863 --
Final preparations : March, 1863 --
Fighting the fleet : March 14, 1863 --
Reorganization and respite : March-April, 1863 --
Surrounded : May, 1863 --
Holding the line : morning, May 27, 1863 --
Holding the line : afternoon, May 27, 1863 --
Besieged, surrendered : the true significance --
Appendixes. Confederate troop strength at Port Hudson --
Port Hudson Garrison, March 14, 1863 --
Port Hudson Garrison, May 27, 1863 --
Union Army, March 14, 1863 --
Union Army, May 27, 1863.
Responsibility: Lawrence Lee Hewitt.

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Although evidence of the site has nearly vanished, Port Hudson, Louisiana, holds a distinct place in Civil War history. Located just north of Baton Rouge, the village was the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River and the site of the longest genuine siege in American military history. In Port Hudson, Confederate Bastion on the Mississippi, Lawrence Hewitt offers a compelling account of the Confederate occupation of Port Hudson in August, 1862, and the Union's efforts to capture the stronghold, culminating in a final unsuccessful assault in May, 1863. Throughout his study Hewitt offers a colorful narrative account of daily life in the garrison, the commanders' strategies, and the importance of Port Hudson to the war. Wanting to strengthen their hold on Vicksburg, the Confederates began constructing earthworks for a battery at Port Hudson in early April, 1862. By late summer, the first troops began arriving for duty. As these soldiers fortified the bluff, they sought to avoid drawing fire from Union naval vessels already present in the area. Throughout their occupation of Port Hudson, the Confederate troops were able to hold their position tenaciously, fighting off federal efforts to block supply ships by controlling the mouth of the Red River. The Union's failure to starve out the Confederates eventually led them to launch a direct assault on Port Hudson. This attack was unsuccessful and was followed by an equally disastrous siege. Consequently, Port Hudson did not surrender until after the capitulation of Vicksburg in 1863. Hewitt also discusses a unique outcome of this period of the war: the increased enlistment of black soldiers in northern units. According to the author, the newspaper coverage of the charge by black troops at Port Hudson proved to be vital in convincing the northern masses to accept the enlistment of nearly 180,000 black soldiers in the Army before the end of the war. Port Hudson will generate renewed interest in and discussion of an important period in Civil War history among scholars and Civil War buffs alike. - Jacket flap.

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