Port Hudson, LA

[Confederate batteries fire down onto Union gunboats on
the Mississippi - Courtesy of Wikipedia.]

Date(s): May 21-July 9, 1863

Location: Please click on link below for map.

Port Hudson, East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

Campaign(s): Siege of Port Hudson [1863]

Battles in Campaign:



  • Union: Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks

  • Confederate:  Maj. Gen. Franklin Gardner

Principal Forces:

  • Union: XIX Army Corps, Army of the Gulf

  • Confederate: Confederate forces, 3rd District, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana, Port Hudson


  • In cooperation with Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s offensive against Vicksburg, Union Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks’ army moved against the Confederate stronghold at Port Hudson on the Mississippi River.

  • On May 27, after their frontal assaults were repulsed, the Federals settled into a siege which lasted for 48 days.

  • Banks renewed his assaults on June 14 but the defenders successfully repelled them.

  • On July 9, 1863, after hearing of the fall of Vicksburg, the Confederate garrison of Port Hudson surrendered, opening the Mississippi River to Union navigation from its source to New Orleans.

Photo Gallery2

Port Hudson Battlefield

Port Hudson Battlefield

Recipe for a Roasted Rat

Blood Lancet

Tooth Key

Port Hudson Flag

Confederate soldiers building defenses

Map of Battlefield

Union ships attacking Port Hudson

Artillery Demo

Artillery Shells

Artillery Shells


Museum Display

Museum Display

USCT Attack Diorama

USCT Attack Diorama


Port Hudson Peace Monument

Union Siege Battery No. 6

Removing troops under fire



Lt. Col. Babcock







Union batteries
1 & 2

Route of Union assault

Fort Desperate

Subterranean Torpedoes

Union Sap



Sharpshooter Tower

Fort Desperate Artillery



Confederate Bomb Shelters


The Federal Attack

Federal Officers

Confederate Defenders

Confederate Tunnel


Slide Presentation: None

Classification3: A


  • Union: 5,000

  • Confederate: 7,208

Results: Union Victory

Battlefield Website:

Recommended Resources:

1 National Park Service summary.

2 Please click on the image to enlarge it. You may copy the images if you include the following note and link with each image: "Courtesy of civil-war-journeys.org."

3 Classification:

  • A - having a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war

  • B - having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign

  • C - having observable influence on the outcome of a campaign

  • D - having a limited influence on the outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important local objectives

4 Casualties are someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.