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Siege of Port Hudson, 1863

In May 1863 Union forces commanded by General Nathaniel P. Banks laid siege to the Confederate stronghold at Port Hudson, just west of here. The Confederates under General Franklin Gardner inflicted ...

In May 1863 Union forces commanded by General Nathaniel P. Banks laid siege to the Confederate stronghold at Port Hudson, just west of here. The Confederates under General Franklin Gardner inflicted heavy casualties on Banks' army before surrendering July 9. With the loss of Vicksburg and Port Hudson the Confederacy lost control of the Mississippi.

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