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U.S. Time Periods » 1850-1877: Civil War & Reconstruction

Siege of Port Hudson: Forty Days and Nights in the Wilderness of Death

describes the struggle for control of the vital Mississippi River during the Civil War. It discusses the tactics, theories, and ramifications of this battle between the North and the South. The site features maps, firsthand accounts, and photographs, as well as lessons and activities. (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)

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A Confederate cannon demolished by Federal artillery fire. The earthworks include a barrel (upper left) with a hole for sharpshooting. This was nicknamed

Fort Desperate

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