Battle of Champion Hill, a Virtual Tour: Assault


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View from the Confederate line on Champion Hill.  The picture above shows the Confederates point of view as the Federal troops advanced toward their lines.  It was taken from the same spot where Bruce was standing in an earlier photo, this time looking back to the north.  George F. McGinnis, a brigade commander in Hovey's 12th Division, was responsible for the Union attack in this particular sector of the battlefield.  During the assault, McGinnis ordered his troops to advance a little and then fall to the ground under the cover of the thick foliage and ravines that ran across the  slopes of the hill.  After the Confederate fire went over their heads, they resumed their march up the hill.  It was by this method that McGinnis' men were able remove Cumming's men from Champion Hill with only slight casualties.  The ravines and small hills in which the Union soldiers hid in are clearly visible in the photograph above   Locate on Map

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Another shot from near the Confederate line on Champion Hill, this time looking to the northeast. Hovey's forces under McGinnis swept up the slopes in the middle of the picture toward the guns the Confederates had posted on the crest of Champion Hill. The crest would be located behind the camera to the right   Locate on Map


This picture was taken approximately 150 yards yards west of the previous picture further down the Confederate lines but still close to Champion Hill. It is looking back to the southeast toward the crest of the hill. The crest, the highest point on the battlefield, can be made out by the dark clump of trees in the middle of the picture. The Confederates would have been facing the left-hand side of the photograph as they tried to slow the assault
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Taken about 400 yards west of the crest of Champion Hill on the ridge in which Stephen D. Lee's men were deployed, this photograph shows the Confederate point of view as Logan's troops attacked their lines.  During the fight, on this section of the battlefield, Lee's men were deployed in a wooded area but had a clear, downward-sloping field to their front.  Even with the tree cover this shot has some depth and it is apparent that the terrain on Logan's front (the Union right) was noticeably more gentle than that of Hovey.  Here the Confederates had a better line of fire, and the Union troops had less natural barriers to shield themselves.  Consequently, Lee's men here were able to hold their position even as the Confederate line on their right and left gave way   Locate on Map

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