West of Jackson, south of I-20, between Bolton and Edwards MS
Looking for the best way to both strike Grant and defend Vicksburg, Pemberton decided to move with more than 20,000 troops toward Grant’s long and vulnerable supply line, expecting cooperation from Johnston in Jackson. When Johnston evacuated Jackson, he wanted Pemberton to join him. Before that could happen, on May 16, Grant’s forces attacked in the vicinity of Champion Hill near the main Jackson Road and the Southern Railroad. After brutal fighting on the hot day, Pemberton gave way and fell back to the Big Black River. The battlefield today remains much as it was that day and is the subject of preservation and interpretation projects.
The Coker House on the southern edge of the battlefield has been restored, and good signage at “The Crossroads”is in place as is an interpretive wayside with a view of the “Hill of Death.”
Outdoor exhibits open daylight hours. Free.