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The Battle of Big Black River Bridge
May 17, 1863
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Descriptions, Articles and Various Accounts
Description #1 - Battle description by Cpl. Theodore Wolbach, Company E Description of the battle by Cpl. Theodore Wolbach, Company E.
Description #2 - Battle description by Pvt. Frank Mason, 42nd OVI Description of the battle as told by Pvt. Frank Mason, Company A, 42nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
Description #3 - Battle description from National Park Service Brief but concise description of the battle provided by American Battlefield Protection Program through the U.S. National Park Service.
Description #4 - Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant Description of the battle written by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in his Personal Memoirs.
Map #1 - Battlefield Map Excellent military map of the battlefield drawn by F. Mason, Act. Asst. Engineer showing positions of each regiment at the moment Gen. Lawler found and invaded a weakness in the enemy fortifications.
Map #2 - Battlefield Map Military map of battlefield showing positions of regiments.
Photographs, Sketches and Images
Image #1 - Drawing of the battle Image of the battle from Harper's Weekly newspaper, June 20, 1863, drawn by Theodore R. Davis.
Image #2 - Ruins of Big Black River Bridge Image of the remains of the Big Black River Bridge after being burned by retreating Confederates.
Image #3 - Pontoon Bridge Over Big Black River Image believed to be of a temporary pontoon bridge built one of Ulysses Grant's officers upstream from the battlefield and original railroad bridge.
Image #4 - Battlefield Interesting Library of Congress image of the battlefield, believed to be immediately or shortly after the battle. Exact location unknown.
Images #5 - Historic Marker Image of historic marker describing the battle. Location believed to be in Vicksburg Military Park.
Images #6 - Big Black River Station Excellent image of military and civilian activity, soldiers on train, wagon trains, businesses at Big Black River Station. Image shows great detail of this area during or shortly after the surrender of Vicksburg.
The Leaders Images of the Union and Confederate officers commanding the forces at Big Black River Bridge, May 17, 1863 (in work)
Battle of Champion's Hill 16th OVI Home Page First Assault on Vicksburg