Battle of Champion Hill, a Virtual Tour: Counterassault

  

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Jackson Road cut a few yards north of the Crossroads. The view is from the west edge of the wartime cornfield   Locate on Map

 

 

The Jackson Road trace as it curves toward the crest of Champion Hill. Bowen's attack continued unabated through this portion of the battlefield as the beaten Union troops retreated across the same ground that they had victoriously taken earlier in the day. Along the way, Bowen ordered his men to retrieve ammunition from the dead and wounded soldiers that they came across during their advance   Locate on Map

     
 

View of the crest of Champion Hill from the south. As Bowen's soldiers retook the crest, they were able to recover the artillery that Cumming's men had been forced to abandon during the initial Union assault
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Because of depleted ammunition and the injection of fresh Federal troops under Brigadier General Marcellus M. Crocker, Bowen's counterassault came to a halt around the ground pictured above, which is approximately 350 to 400 yards north of the crest of Champion Hill.  From near this area, Bowen heard that McClernand had broken through the Confederate roadblock on the Middle Road and was approaching the crossroads.  To prevent being cut off from his escape route and caught between two Union forces, Bowen decided to retire.  The Confederate mass retreat began   Locate on Map
  
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