Portrait of David Dixon Porter

During the Battle of Grand Gulf, Rear Admiral David D. Porter’s gunboats silenced Fort Wade and killed its commanding artillery officer. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Grand Gulf Facts

April 29, 1863

Key facts about the Battle of Grand Gulf.

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Date and Location

  • April 29, 1863
  • Claiborne County, Mississippi (roughly 30 miles south of Vicksburg)

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • Mississippi Squadron and Companies
  • Soldiers detached from the 58th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment and the 29th Illinois Infantry Regiment

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Bowen’s Division

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Undetermined

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Undetermined

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 76 (19 killed, 67 wounded)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 22 (3 killed, 19 wounded)

Result

  • Confederate victory

Significance

  • Grand Gulf featured two Confederate fortifications, Fort Cobun and Fort Wade, connected by a line of rifle pits.
  • Rear Admiral David D. Porter’s squadron at the Battle of Grand Gulf consisted of seven gunboats including the Benton, Lafayette, Tuscumbia, Carondelet, Louisville, Mound City, and Pittsburgh.
  • In addition to their naval crews, Rear Admiral David D. Porter’s ships at the Battle of Grand Gulf were reinforced by soldiers from 58th Ohio and 29th Illinois infantry regiments.
  • The Battle of Grand Gulf lasted roughly five and one-half hours, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • During the Battle of Grand Gulf, Rear Admiral David D. Porter’s gunboats silenced Fort Wade and killed its commanding artillery officer, Colonel William Wade.
  • During the Battle of Grand Gulf the strategically elevated Fort Cobun, proved unassailable.
  • During the Battle of Grand Gulf, Confederate artillerists put the Tuscumbia out of action and temporarily disabled the Benton.
  • The Confederate victory proved to be inconsequential. Later that night, Grant marched his troops down the Louisiana side of the Mississippi past Grand Gulf and crossed the river at Bruinsburg to begin his assault on Vicksburg.

Timeline of the Vicksburg Campaign

These are the main battles and events of the Vicksburg Campaign in order.

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Citation Information

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  • Article Title Battle of Grand Gulf Facts
  • Coverage April 29, 1863
  • Author
  • Keywords Battle of Grand Gulf
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date October 23, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 14, 2021
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