This map shows the location of the Union regiments and batteries arrayed against Fort Desperate during the siege period after the June 14 assault until the July 9th surrender.  The blue line stretching from the Union lines to within a few yards of the Fort's wall is the trench or "sap" dug by Union troops to be used as a safe approach route.  It was not safe for them however, as the Confederate sharpshooters, operating from an earthen "tower" at the Fort's front, took a heavy toll of the laborers.  (from a display at the Port Hudson State Historic Site)


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