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Battle of Port Hudson

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Dates:

May 21-July 9, 1863

Other Names:

None

Location:

Port Hudson, Louisiana

Key Individuals Involved in the Battle of Port Hudson:

Union: Major General Nathaniel P. Banks
Confederate:Major General Franklin Gardner

Outcome:

Union Victory. 12,208 casualties of which 7,208 were Union soldiers.

Overview of the Battle :

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.
Source: CWSAC Battle Summaries

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