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Timeline

Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1862/07/00 Gen Thomas R Williams Engineer The labor of making this cut is far greater than estimated by anybody. The health of the troops has been much impaired by the absence of proper shelter. The quarters on board the transports are hot and crowded and those on shore are no protection against
1862/07/00 Gen Thomas R Williams Engineer Between 1,100 and 1,200 blacks, gathered from neighboring plantations by armed parties, are now engaged in the work of excavating, cutting down trees, and grubbing up roots. - TW
1862/07/24 Gen Thomas R Williams Engineer By July 24, work on the canal is stopped, and Thomas Williams's fatigued troops are transported by the Farragut's West Gulf Blockading Squadron to a safer location.
1862/07/27 Gen Thomas R Williams Engineer A 3,000-man infantry brigade from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Wisconsin and Michigan, commanded by Brig Gen Thomas Williams, begin felling trees and excavating dirt for a canal.
1863/01/00 Work on the canal resumes by soldiers under the command of General Grant. Although he little faith it would prove useful, Grant felt it would keep his soldiers physical fit for the spring campaign and help with morale.

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Particulars for Grant's Canal, Delta:
Waterway Canal
Area of Significance Military
Disposition Ruin
Sight Category Site
Historic Use Water-related




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