Fort Pickering

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Was reading about this fort and guess it would qualify as a forgotten fort. Best I can tell around 1739 the French built Fort Assumption in the area, then around 1800 Zebulan Pike established a fort called Fort Pickering near the Memphis-Arkansas bridge, it remained as trading post till end of war of 1812. At start of CW confederate forces started building a fort near this site, after occupation Union continued until it was a massive fort stretching 2 miles down along the bluff. The fort started being destroyed in 1866, till there is few if any traces of it left today.
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Fort Pickering was constructed on the site of a Chickasaw Indian village. As noted in the OP the post was dismantled after the War and pretty much forgotten. During planned interchange improvements on I-55 in 2007 archaeologists discovered the remains of the fort. The site is now included in the Chickasaw Heritage Park in south Memphis.
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At start of CW confederate forces started building a fort near this site, after occupation Union continued until it was a massive fort stretching 2 miles down along the bluff. The fort started being destroyed in 1866, till there is few if any traces of it left today.

Interesting to hear about this fort -- that's a great drawing! Is it true that this fort was never involved in any engagements?

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