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Upper Water Battery At Fort Donelson

Discussion in 'Contemporary Photos of Civil War Sites & Events' started by J. D. Stevens, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. J. D. Stevens

    J. D. Stevens Private

    Dec 11, 2016
    Deep In The Heart of Texas
    First a view up the Cumberland River from the fort.
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    On June 29, Irishtom29 posted some great pictures of the Lower Battery at Ft Donelson. As part of an 8 day road tour, we also visited the park in early June. Originally it was not on our list of places to see. Thanks to Mr Google Maps, I realized it was only a slight detour from our original planned route. No regrets making the last minute change.

    My biggest disappointment was the visitor center being closed due to construction. Never being here before and not being able to obtain information about the sequence of the battle was a slight setback. We did not realize Dover was also part of the history, therefore did not go there. With that said, what we saw and learned was well worth the visit.

    Irishtom29 provided excellent pictures of the Lower Battery, therefore my presentation will not include that area of the park. There were two batteries at Ft Donelson trained on the river. Something I did not know was the battery names were not because one was at a higher elevation than the other, but one was up river and one was down river. Those Rebs were clever fellows. (Just a little humor folks)

    The Upper Battery only contained 3 cannon
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    The 6-1/2" Rifled Cannon at the Upper Battery.

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    My favorite picture aiming the 6-1/2" Rifled Cannon

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    A little about the men who defended Fort Donelson

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    And a replica of Confederate quarters

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    A Yankee spy scouting the Confederate earthworks.

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    Some pictures of the the earthworks. Please excuse the poor photography. The beautiful bright sunny day almost forced my amateur skill level into an Unconditional Surrender. So these are as good as it gets.

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    Because we did not have a map of the park to mark up as we drove around at the time of our visit (visitor center closed), I am not exactly sure where we were when these picture was taken.

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    A couple more random pictures around the park. Note the American Eagle area.

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    The U. S. National Cemetery is not in the main battleground park, but a sign on the highway directed us to it.

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  3. Irishtom29

    Irishtom29 First Sergeant

    Jul 21, 2008
    San Antonio
    Very interesting. It appears I completely missed the upper battery and assumed the works above the reconstructed lower battery were the upper one.
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  4. JOHN42768

    JOHN42768 1st Lieutenant Trivia Game Winner

    May 1, 2015
    Upstate N.Y.
    Thanks for posting
  5. bdtex

    bdtex Brigadier General Moderator

    Jul 21, 2015
    Houston,TX area
    Those are great pictures J.D. June 10th was a good day.
  6. J. D. Stevens

    J. D. Stevens Private

    Dec 11, 2016
    Deep In The Heart of Texas
    We thought the same thing at first until we saw this sign at the base of the hill of the original earthworks. I read somewhere else, I believe it was at Fort Hindman, that the water batteries were placed low to provide a better chance of hitting the ironclads below the water line. The gunners would actually aim some distance in front of the gunboats and try to skip the cannon ball into them. Sort of like skipping a flat rock across water. Who would ever have thought a large cannon ball or shell would skip?

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  7. WJC

    WJC Moderator Moderator

    Aug 16, 2015
  8. Billy1977

    Billy1977 Corporal

    Mar 18, 2016
    Flippin, Arkansas (near Yellville)
    Great photos! In the picture right below the marker photo for Stankiewicz's Battery (which shows the photo of the Palmetto Battery) is what appears to be a siege gun. Does anyone have any idea what kind of siege gun this is?

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