From Port Hudson---Battle ExpectedIntelligence, reliable and of the greatest importance, has been received from the front. Preparations are being made by Banks' army which point unmistakably to an early advance. Seventeen Mortar boats and sloops of war, and the Mississippi gunboat Essex, are now anchored at Baton Rouge. Banks' force is thirty thousand. Ambulances and litters are being prepared. It is the opinion of the Military at this point that we will be attacked within a few days. The utmost confidence prevails among boyh officers and men of our ability to defeat the enemy. The report that our pickets have been driven in is unfounded, but an immediate advance is anticipated. The latest information confirms the dissatisfaction in the Abolition ranks. It is reported that Banks is opposed to the attack, but has orders from the War department.
Battle of Port Hudson: Conflict & Dates:The Battle of Port Hudson lasted from May 22, to July 9, 1863 during the American Civil War.
The Union was under the command of Major General Nathaniel Banks with about 30,000 men.
The Confederate soldiers were under the command of Major General Franklin Gardner with about 7,500 men.
Confederate Soldiers Who Served at Port Hudson
(Includes Soldiers from AL, AR, KY, LA, MS, TN, TX, and Staff/Misc. Units)
Both my 2nd Great Grandfather Francis Marion Meek and his brother, James Monroe Meek fought in the battle of Port Hudson, were captured and paroled.
|Francis Marion Meek|
Francis Marion Meek was my paternal Grandmother, Cora Meek's Grandfather.
|Francis M Meek military record.|
|Record of Release as prisoner captured at Port Hudson|
Mrs. Ona Twilleager recalls her grandmother, Mary Meek Parker, saying that one of her brothers “was shot through the tongue and couldn’t eat; they finally got him home and tried to feed him soup.” This was apparently James. He was buried in the (Meek) family cemetery, Carroll County, Arkansas.