Port Gibson
Thompson's Hill
Civil War Mississippi


American Civil War
May 1, 1863

Major General U.S. Grant launched his march on Vicksburg in the Spring of 1863, starting his army south, from Milliken's Bend, on the west side of the Mississippi River. He intended to cross the river at Grand Gulf, but the Union fleet was unable to silence the Confederate big guns there.

Grant then marched farther south and crossed at Bruinsburg on April 30. Union forces came ashore, secured the landing area and, by late afternoon, began marching inland. Advancing on the Rodney Road towards Port Gibson, Grant's force ran into Rebel outposts after midnight and skirmished with them for around three hours. After 3:00 am, the fighting stopped. Union forces advanced on the Rodney Road and a plantation road at dawn.

At 5:30 am, the Confederates engaged the Union advance and the battle ensued. Federals forced the Rebels to fall back. The Confederates established new defensive positions at different times during the day but they could not stop the Union onslaught and left the field in the early evening. This defeat demonstrated that the Confederates were unable to defend the Mississippi River line and the Federals had secured their beachhead. The way to Vicksburg was open.

Result(s): Union victory

Location: Claiborne County

Campaign: Grant's Operations against Vicksburg (1863) next battle in campaign   previous battle in campaign

Date(s): May 1, 1863

Principal Commanders: Major General Ulysses S. Grant [US]; Brigadier General John S. Bowen [CS]

Forces Engaged: Army of the Tennessee (comprising two corps) [US]; Confederate forces in area (one reinforced division: four brigades) [CS]

Estimated Casualties: 1,648 total (US 861; CS 787)


Guide to the Vicksburg Campaign U.S. Army War College Guides to Civil War Battles
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Vicksburg: 47 Days of Siege
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The Beleaguered City: The Vicksburg Campaign, December 1862-July 1863
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Ninety-Eight Days: A Geographer's View of the Vicksburg Campaign
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Sources:
U.S. National Park Service
U.S. Library of Congress.