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Encyclopedia > Port Hudson

Port Hudson, is a small town in Louisiana located about 20 mile northeast of Baton Rouge. It is most famous for a Civil War battle known as the Siege of Port Hudson.


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Siege of Port Hudson (750 words)
Port Hudson was situated high on the bluffs overlooking a substantial bend in the river which required ships passing downstream to reduce speed.
Port Hudson is significant for another reason too, for it was here that fl soldiers in the regular United States Army first participated in an assault.
In 1974 the Port Hudson battlefield was designated as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior and, as such, joined a select group of properties which have been recognized for their importance in American history.
Port Hudson (1098 words)
The village of Port Hudson, located on a bend of the Mississippi river, 25 miles above Baton Rouge and about 15O miles from New Orleans, was fortified by the Confederates in the summer and fall of 1862.
The reduction of Port Hudson was necessary for the opening of the Mississippi river, and when Gen. Grant began the siege of Vicksburg Gen. Banks, commanding the Department of the Gulf, concentrated his army against Port.
This order did not reach Port Hudson until late on the 24th, and before it could be carried out Banks' army of nearly 40,000 men was in front of the intrenchments.
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