Battle of Chickasaw Bayou

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Battle of Chickasaw Bayou
Chickasaw Bluffs, Walnut Hills
Began:

December 26, 1862

Ended:

December 29, 1862

Location:

Warren County, Mississippi

Theater:

Western Theater

Campaign:

Operations against Vicksburg

Outcome:

Confederate victory

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Combatants
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Right Wing, XIII Army Corps

Dept. of Mississippi and
East Louisiana

Commanders

William T. Sherman
Major General, USA

John C. Pemberton
Lieutenant General, CSA

Strength

30,720

13,792

Casualties

1,776
Killed: 208
Wounded: 1,005
Missing: 563

207
Killed: 63
Wounded: 134
Missing: 10

  

On December 26, 1862, three Union divisions, under Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, disembarked at Johnson's Plantation on the Yazoo River to approach the Vicksburg defenses from the northeast while a fourth landed farther upstream on the 27th. On the 27th, the Federals pushed their lines forward through the swamps toward Walnut Hills, which were strongly defended. On the 28th, several futile attempts were made to get around these defenses. On December 29, Sherman ordered a frontal assault which was repulsed with heavy casualties. Sherman then withdrew. This Confederate victory frustrated Grant's attempts to take Vicksburg by direct approach. (NPS summary)

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