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"Grant's crown of immortality was won, and the jewel that shone most brightly in it was set
there by the blood of the men of Champion Hills ...... Six thousand blue and gray-coated men were lying there in the woods, dead or wounded, when the last gun of Champion Hills was fired.

Major S. H. M. Byers, Fifth Iowa Infantry


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    4143 Champion Hill Road

    Edwards, Mississippi

    From Jackson -- West on I-20 to Bolton Exit 27, Turn Left for 1 mile to the 4-way Stop in Bolton, Continue and cross the
    Railroad for 1/4 mile to the Champion Hill Road, Turn Right for 4 miles.

    From Vicksburg -- East on I-20 to Edwards Exit 19, Turn Left on Frontage Road for 5 miles, Turn Right on the Farr Road for 1 mile.

    Battle of Champion Hill


    "The Hill of Death"
    Historic Marker

    "THE HILL OF DEATH" read by Edwin C. Bearss, Historian Emeritus, National Park Service

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    Struggle at Champion Hill
      Cpl Mitchell, 16th Ohio Battery

    Confederate Troop Train Wreck
      Sue Burns Moore

    In Memory of Janet Champion
    Letter of Lt. M.C. Leak
      17th Louisiana Infantry

    152nd Anniversary Event to
      Emulate 1890 Reunion
    150th Anniversary Event
    Diary of W.O. Connor
      Cherokee Artillery
    Blue & Gray Reunion, 1890
    Quotes by Matilda Champion
    Memories of Other Days Recalled
      in Montgomery
    Diary of Lt. W.R. Eddington
       97th Illinois Infantry
    Letters of Sft. S.A. Rollins
       97th Illinois Infantry
    Diary of Gen. Joseph Stockton
       72 Illinois Infantry
    "I Was There," a Memorial Poem
       by Bertha Lewis
    "Aunt Lula's" Headstone Set
      Rebecca B. Drake
    Letters of Pvt. Ackless W. Geeslin
       22nd Iowa Infantry
    Gen'l Bowen's Wife in Raymond
       Rebecca B. Drake

    Janesville Daily Gazette
    Memoir of Pvt. James Warren
      McPherson, 10th Iowa

    Lieut. Col Leonidas Horney
      Killed at Champion Hill

    Union Occupies Cook Plantation
      Rebecca Drake & Sue Moore
    Diary of Pvt. Arthur McCullough
      Co. D, 81st Ill
    Discovering Names & Faces of
      Civil War Soldiers

    Fighting for Vicksburg
      B.F. Boring, 30th Ill.
    Alvin P. Hovey Reminisces
      Rebecca B. Drake
    "Three Years with Grant"
      Sylvanus Cadwallader
    Memorial Dedicated at St Alban's
      Rebecca B. Drake
    America History Tours Visits
      Champion Hill, Oct 2, 2009
    Memoirs Historical and Personal
      Ephraim Anderson, 1st Missouri
    2009 Anniversary Event
      Rebecca B. Drake
    Tilghman Monument Dedication
      Rebecca B. Drake
    Five Generations of Sid
    , Rebecca B. Drake
    The Long Road Home
      Pvt. Myron B. Loop
    1864 Pywell Photograph
      Big Black River Station
    Coker House to be Razed
      Rebecca B. Drake
    Administering Last Rites
      Father John Bannon
    Maltida Champion: "I was in
      the Cellar During the Fight"
    Mary Dabney Ware:
     "Behind Enemy Lines"
    Margie's 1960 Scrapbook:
      Charm, Dot & Paul Jones
    Battle of Big Black River Bridge
      Rebecca Blackwell Drake
    Champion Dedication
      Grady Howell. Jr.
    Capt. Samuel Ridley: "Bravest of
       the Brave" by Rebecca Drake
    Battle of Champion Hill:
      Killed and Wounded
    The Battle of Baker's Creek
      W.T. Moore, Miss Light Artillery
    Charles E. Comstock Diary,
      Co G, 34th Indiana
    Gen. Cumming's Letter
      to Gen. Stephen D. Lee
    Matilda Champion:
      "A Sorrow's Crown of Sorrow"

    Vignettes of Champion Hill
      Margie Bearss
    Champions of Champion Hill
      Rebecca B. Drake
    Diary of William Montgomery:
      Confederate Scout
    Will Montgomery: Scout
      Kay Cornelius
    Brother Against Brother
      Rebecca B. Drake
    History of the 78th Ohio
      Rev. Stevenson, Chaplain
    Champion Hills
      Alonzo L. Brown, 4th Minnesota
    Battle of Champion Hill
      G. B. McDonald, 30th Illinois
    The Death of Gen John Bowen
      Rebecca B. Drake
    Lt. William Drennan:
      Letters to His Wife
    The Defense of Vicksburg
      Maj. Samuel Lockett
    Letters of George B. Boomer
      Mary Boomer Stone
    Vivid Experiences
      Pvt. A. H. Reynolds, 19th Ark.

    Photography from Anniversary Events

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    In Memoriam
    Margie Riddle Bearss

    October 22, 1925 — October 7, 2006

    Vignettes of Champion Hill

    Margie's Scrapbook

    Salvaging the Charm, Dot
    & Paul Jones

    A Day on the Champion Hill Battlefield

    May 14, 2016

    The Champion Heritage Foundation will commemorate the 153rd Anniversary of the Battle of Champion Hill on Saturday, May 14, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The event will take place at Champion Hill Missionary Baptist Church (Champion Hill Road) which was the site of the Champion House prior to the battle. The house was taken over by General U. S. Grant to use as headquarters and a field hospital.

    The event speaker will feature Bertram Hayes-Davis, great-great grandson of President Jefferson Davis, whose home is now on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Bertram, accompanied by his wife Carol, first visited Champion Hill in May of 2013 to speak at the 150th Anniversary. Approximately 350 descendants of “soldiers who fought” came to be a part of the commemoration.


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    Fried Fish or Chicken Strips
    String Beans or Baked Beans
    Sweet Potato Pie
    Potato Salad or French Fries
    Tea or Water


    MENU $5

    French Fries or Baked Beans
    Sweet Potato Pie
    Tea or Water


    Lt. S. E. M. Underhill
    Former British Officer, Reports on Champion Hill Battle Vicksburg Siege

    By Sue Burns Moore


    In her beautiful Vicksburg home located in the heart of the town, next door to Confederate General Pemberton’s Headquarters in the Willis-Cowan House, Mrs. Emma Balfour, wife of Dr. William T. Balfour, began her diary on Saturday, May 16, 1863, the day of the Battle of Champion Hill, with the words, “All has been uncertainty and suspense.”

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    Captain William A. Montgomery’s Company of Mississippi Scouts

    By Sue Burns Moore



         Company Report for Oct. 27, 1862 to June 12, 1863, shows station of company, Camp on Bogue Phalia, Bolivar Co., Miss. Record of Events: “On Friday the 20th day of February lost a small portion of the Company under command of Capt. Herndon, had a skirmish with a small party of Federal troops at the house of Col. F. A. Montgomery, near the Mississippi River in Bolivar County. After skirmishing for about one hour the federals reinforced by several companies from their boats, lying about one mile below; when Capt. H. with his command, fell back in good order. No one was hurt on our side. Federal loss one man killed & two wounded.”


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    The Struggle at Champion's Hill

    A Terrible Day Which Cost the Confederacy Vicksburg


    Corporal 16th Ohio Battery

    The National Tribune, Thursday, August 17, 1899



    Of all the campaigns made for the preservation of the Union, it certainly was one of the most important and successful; important, indeed, for at that time the Nation, staggering under the calamities of the Fall and Winter before, felt that the very life of the Republic was in mortal peril, and any reverse to our arms then would have been ruinous to our cause. The year before had been one of blunders at the War Department and of great disasters in the field. The Army of the Potomac had been driven from before Richmond, and from the Rapidan, and had finally been shattered into disheartened fragments on the heights of Fredericksburg. Buell had been forced back from Chattanooga to Nashville. Morgan been compelled to evacuate Cumberland Gap. Sherman had but recently been repulsed with great loss at Haines's Bluffs.


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    Capt. Alexander W. Geddes
    Co. A, 118th Illinois Vol. Infantry

    Alexander Geddes and his younger brother, Cyrus M. Geddes, enlisted in the Union Army after President Lincoln called for volunteers.

         During the May 16, 1863, Battle of Champion Hill the brothers fought in the Ninth Division (Brig. Gen. Peter Osterhaus), First Brigade (Col. John Fonda.) Two men from the 118th were killed that day - Capt. Alexander Geddes, age 33, and Lt. Thomas White.


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    Information provided by Allan M. Geddes,

    great-nephew, Mediapolis, IA.


    Diary of Wesley Olin Connor
    Cherokee Artillery, CSA
    Cave Spring, Georgia


         Champion Hill, Saturday May 16. 11 o'clock, we were ordered into position on that portion of the line parallel with the railroad. Moved round and found General Stevenson's division hotly engaged. Some of the Alabama regiments had already given back, came into position in a field to the left of the division within six hundred yards of a Yankee battery of Napoleon guns. We fired fifteen or twenty rounds from each gun, but it was hot work. Shot, shell and shrapnel flew thick and fast around us. Here fell Hutchens, killed, and Lumpkin and Anthony mortally wounded.


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    I Was There: The Battle of Champion Hill

    By Bertha Lewis

    A Memorial Poem

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    Commemorative Medallions  

    Sesquicentennial Event

    Battle of Champion Hill

    May 18, 2013

    Medallion Honoring
    The Soldiers Who Fought

    Medallions are now available for purchase by the public.

    Plain Medallions ~ $20

    Medallions in presentation boxes or on plastic presentation stands ~ $25

    Send a check payable to the Champion Heritage Foundation,

    Rebecca B. Drake

    P.O. Box 336

    Raymond, MS 39154 

    Champion Hill Tours
    With Sid Champion V

  • The Cross Roads
  • Old Jackson Road
  • The Hill of Death
  • Original House Site & Historic Marker
  • Midway Station
  • Family Cemetery and Memorabilia
  • Margie Bearss Memorial
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    The Diary of Elizabeth Meade Ingraham

    The Rebel Sister of
    General George Meade

    By Rebecca B. Drake & Sue B. Moore

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    Collected Stories of the Vicksburg Campaign

    By Rebecca Drake and Margie Bearss

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    Darwina's Diary: A View of Champion Hill ~ 1865
    Edited By
    Rebecca Drake and Margie Bearss

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    My Dear Wife ~
    Letters to Matilda

    The Civil War Letters of Sid and Matilda Champion

    By Rebecca Drake and Margie Bearss

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