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Port Hudson State Historic Site

236 Highway 61, Jackson, Louisiana 70748 USA

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Opens Wed 9a
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    Restrooms
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“discover the history of some of the bloodiest fighting in the Civil War”

When New Orleans fell to Federal troops in late April 1862, Confederate control of the Mississippi was in jeopardy. The Confederate army had already fortified the river bluffs at Vicksburg, Mississippi, but it needed another series of river batteries below the mouth of the Red River. The Red River was the primary route for the shipment of supplies from Texas to the heartland of the 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 overlooked a severe bend in the river. This bend presented an additional obstacle for Union warships. The siege of Port Hudson began on May 23, 1863. Roughly 30,000 Union troops, under the command of Major General Nathaniel P. Banks, were pitted against 6,800 Confederates, under the command of Major General Franklin Gardner. The ensuing battles constituted some of the bloodiest and most severe fighting in the entire Civil War.

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Port Hudson State Historic Site

236 Highway 61
Jackson, Louisiana
70748 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun, Wed - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Private Parking
  • Yes Parking
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