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Re-enactors at redan this weekend

Published 11:30 am Thursday, June 26, 2014

Re-enactors will help bring history alive at one of the hotbeds of fighting during the latter dates of the Siege of Vicksburg.
The group of re-enactors will be camped and portraying Confederate troops that defended Vicksburg at the 3rd Louisiana Redan, said Vicksburg National Military Park ranger Ray Hamel.
The site of the V-shaped fortification is Tour Stop 3 at VNMP.
The camp will be open for visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday.
“This group will also be taking part in our regularly scheduled artillery demonstration at the main Visitor Center,” Hamel said.
Named after the 3rd Louisiana Volunteer Infantry, the redan guarded the Jackson Road entrance to Vicksburg.
After two failed assaults on Vicksburg, Union troops began to tunnel under the redan. By June 24, 1863, the mine reached 40 feet below the earthworks.  At 3:30 p.m., the next day, 2,200 pounds of black powder were exploded in the mine.
The 45th Illinois Infantry lead an attack attack against the redan where a 12-foot deep crater was made. The assault was unsuccessful and Confederates were able to pick off the men trapped in the crater.
The following day, Union soldiers withdrew.
For more information on the program, call 601-636-2199.
Admission to Vicksburg National Military Park is $8 per noncommercial vehicle.