Port Hudson Favorites
Favorite thing: In 1862, batteries of artillery were established at Port Hudson to protect Confederate shipping along the Mississippi River and the Red River. Much of the supplies coming out of Texas passed through here. On 23 May 1863, 30,000 Union troops laid siege to Port Hudson to gain control of this strategic spot. 6800 Confederate soldiers under Major General Franklin Gardner were charged with defending the batteries and the passing shipments of supplies. The siege lasted until 9 July 1863 when, upon hearing of the surrender of Vicksburg, Gardner understood the defense of Port Hudson had been rendered meaningless. This was the longest siege in U.S. Military History.
An additional noteworthy part of the history of Port Hudson is that on 27 May, Black American Units were first used in battle.
The battlefield was made a National Historic Landmark in 1974. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $4 for adults and free for seniors 62 and up and for children 12 and under.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- National/State Park
- Family Travel