Porter's Bombardment of Grand Gulf

Historical Images of Philadelphia Americana
Porter's Bombardment of Grand Gulf

Item Info

Item No: pdca00052
Title: Porter's Bombardment of Grand Gulf
Media Type: Engravings
Source: 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.

Creation Year: ca. 1863
Creator Name: Nast, Thomas, 1840-1902 - Artist
Rogers, J. - Engraver