Battle of Raymond

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Battle of Raymond
Began:

May 12, 1863

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Hinds County, Mississippi

Theater:

Western Theater

Campaign:

Grant’s Operations against Vicksburg

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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XVII Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee

Gregg’s Task Force

Commanders

James B. McPherson
Major General, USA

John Gregg
Brigadier General, CSA

Strength

12,000

4,100

Casualties

442

569

  

Ordered by Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton, Confederate commander at Vicksburg, Brig. Gen. John Gregg led his force from Port Hudson, Louisiana, to Jackson, Mississippi, and out to Raymond to intercept approaching Union troops. Before dawn on May 12, Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson had his XVII Army Corps on the march, and by 10:00 am they were about three miles from Raymond. Gregg decided to dispute the crossing of Fourteen Mile Creek and arrayed his men and artillery accordingly. As the Yankees approached, the Rebels opened fire, initially causing heavy casualties. Some Union troops broke, but Maj. Gen. John A. Logan rallied a force to hold the line. Confederate troops attacked the line but had to retire. More Yankees arrived and the Union force counterattacked. Heavy fighting ensued that continued for six hours, but the overwhelming Union force prevailed. Gregg’s men left the field. Although Gregg’s men lost the battle, they had held up a much superior Union force for a day. (NPS summary)

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