The Battle of Champion's Hill (Baker's Creek)
May 16, 1863
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         Called by some the Battle of Bakers Creek, by others the Battle of Champion Hill, it may have been the most important fight of the American Civil War. It's remembered as the battle the North needed to win to achieve ultimate victory. It's remembered as the battle the South needed to win if the Confederacy was to survive. It's remembered as a savage struggle and as General Hovey said in his Official Report, "It was literally a hill of death."

Brief Battle Description Just enough of a description to give the overview.
Battle Map Here's an interesting version of a battle map.
Detailed Battle Description Good, detailed description of the battle. This one takes neither side.
Statements of Confederate Officers Taken from the Official Records, these are statements made by Pemberton's Staff Officers.
The Confederate Side Taken from "The Confederate Military History," this describes how the Confederates saw the battle.
The Union Side Taken from "The Mississippi" by Frances Vinton Greene, late of the Union army and presents the Union side.

After Battle Reports From The Official Records

Union Reports
Brig. Gen. Stephen O. Burbridge
Brig. Gen. Alvin P. Hovey
Brig. Gen. George F. McGinnis
Brig. Gen. Peter J. Osterhaus
Brig. Gen. Isaac F. Quinby

Confederate Reports
Brig. Gen. Seth M. Barton
Brig. Gen. Abraham Buford
Brig. Gen. A. Cumming
Brig. Gen. Winfield S. Featherston
Maj. Gen. William W. Loring
Brig. Gen. Stephen D. Lee
Maj. Gen. Carter L. Stevenson

This page last updated 02/20/02