Item No: pdca00052
Title: Porter's Bombardment of Grand Gulf
Print and Picture Collection
HMI Civil War 1
The Battle of Grand Gulf was fought on April 29th., 1863. In the Vicksburg Campaign of Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, Union naval forces under Rear Admiral David D. Porter led seven ironcalds in an attack on the Confederate fortifications and batteries at Grand Gulf, downriver from Vicksburg, Mississippi. Although the Confederates withstood the bombardment and prevented infantry from landing against their fortification, the defeat was only a minor setback to Grant's plan to cross the Mississippi River and advance against Vicksburg. The image shows the ironclads coming under fire and firing towards the embankments rising up on the right.
Nast, Thomas, 1840-1902 - Artist
Rogers, J. - Engraver