VNMP Tour Stop 6
Thayer's Approach


26th Louisiana Stockade

US 4th Battery, Ohio Light Artillery
(3-2011) View from parking area
(March 17, 2013) Enlarge New interpretive marker   (March 17, 2013) Enlarge View from parking area
(February 2020) Enlarge From the parking area   (February 2020) Enlarge Right approach to the 26th LA Lunette

(3-01) Enlarge NPS 2000 Tour Guide: During the afternoon of May 22, Union troops commanded by Brig. Gen. John M. Thayer stormed up this hill toward Confederates dug in at the top. They were stopped by geography and enemy fire. Later, Thayer's men began digging a six-foot deep approach trench toward the Southern position. His soldiers dug the tunnel beneath the road to avoid crossing the ridge, where they would be exposed to Confederate fire
Panorama: View from Thayer's Approach parking area
Panorama: View from 26th Louisiana Stockade


(3-07) Enlarge South view from tour stop parking area
Enlarge w/March 2008 view
Official Records Report of Thayer's Approach


(3-2011) Enlarge 26th Louisiana Stockade on ridge above Thayer's Approach tour stop. Site Marker: Small work on left of Shoup's Brigade. This work and the lines immediately to the right and left of it were held, May 22, 1863, and the assault of the Union force repulsed, by the 26th Louisiana. The 31st Louisiana on the right of Baldwin's Brigade assisted in repulsing the assault. A rough stockade in front of this work was begun, June 9, and finished the night of June 11. A trench immediately in rear of the stockade was completed June 15. A countermine against the Union approach was prepared from the trench, but not fired. Casualties in 26th Louisiana during the defense: killed 28, wounded 44, total 72. Major W.W. Martin, Capt. Felix C. Winder, and Lieuts. Numa Arrieux and P.N. Ternier killed


(March 17, 2013) Enlarge New interpretive marker at 26th Louisiana Stockade


(March 17, 2013) Enlarge New interpretive marker

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