A view of the Mississippi from the bluffs at Vicksburg. This picture was taken from Battery Benton, which was manned by elements of the 1st Missouri Light Artillery and the 34th Iowa Infantry late in the Siege of Vicksburg. The Battery derived its name from its naval commander’s gunboat, the U.S.S. Benton. Master J. Frank Reed oversaw the Missourians and Iowans as they manned two 42 lbs. rifled guns.
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