Siege of Port Hudson

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Siege of Port Hudson
Began:

May 21, 1863

Ended:

July 9, 1863

Location:

East Baton Rouge and East Feliciana Parishes, Louisiana

Theater:

Lower Seaboard Theater

Campaign:

Siege of Port Hudson

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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XIX Army Corps, Army of the Gulf

3rd District,
Dept. of Mississippi and
East Louisiana, Port Hudson

Commanders

Nathaniel P. Banks
Major General, USA

Franklin Gardner
Major General, CSA

Strength
Casualties

5,000

7,208

  

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. (NPS summary)

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