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Port Hudson Battlefield

The Siege of Port Hudson
May 21-July 9, 1863

In cooperation with Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s offensive against Vicksburg, Union Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks’s army moved against the Confederate stronghold at Port Hudson on the Mississippi River. On May 27, after their frontal assaults were repulsed, the Federals settled into a siege which lasted for 48 days. Banks renewed his assaults on June 14 but the defenders successfully repelled them. On July 9, 1863, after hearing of the fall of Vicksburg, the Confederate garrison of Port Hudson surrendered, opening the Mississippi River to Union navigation from its source to New Orleans.

Preservation

256 Acres Saved

Battle Facts

Location

  • East Baton Rouge Parish and East Feliciana Parish , Louisiana

Dates

  • May 21 - July 9, 1863

Union Commander

Confederate Commander

Forces Engaged

  • ~35,000 Union Union Flag
  • ~7,500 Confederate Confederate Flag

Estimated Casualties

  • 5,000 UnionUnion Flag
  • 7,208 ConfederateConfederate Flag

Result

  • Union Victory Union Flag

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