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Near Tiptonville in Lake County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Confederate Forts & Batteries

 
 
Confederate Forts & Batteries Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 17, 2009
1. Confederate Forts & Batteries Marker
Inscription. About 1 1/4 mi. NE, now under water, a redoubt housed mainland defense headquarters for Island No. 10. It was flanked by Batteries 2, 3, 4 & 5. commanding the river. Successfully withstanding bombardment for two weeks, these and the island batteries interdicted the river until USS Carondelet and Pittsburg slipped past during darkness to cover Pope's crossing from New Madrid.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4B 23.)
 
Location. 36° 26.609′ N, 89° 28.657′ W. Marker is near Tiptonville, Tennessee, in Lake County. Marker is at the intersection of New Markham Road and Tennessee Route 22, on the right when traveling west on New Markham Road. Click for map. Located at the town of Cates, north of Tiptonville. Marker is in this post office area: Tiptonville TN 38079, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Capture of Island No. 10 (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Burials (approx. 0.6 miles away); Tiptonville Presbyterian Church (approx. 4.5 miles away); a different marker also named Capture of Island No. 10 (approx. 4.5 miles away);
Island No. 10 Interpretive Area image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 17, 2009
2. Island No. 10 Interpretive Area
The markers are located in a "triangle" near the locality of Cates, Tennessee.
General Clifton Bledsoe Cates (approx. 4.6 miles away); a different marker also named General Clifton Bledsoe Cates (approx. 5.9 miles away); Reelfoot Lake (approx. 6.1 miles away); New Madrid Earthquake (approx. 9.3 miles away in Kentucky). Click for a list of all markers in Tiptonville.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Mississippi River at Kentucky Bend Today image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 17, 2009
3. Mississippi River at Kentucky Bend Today
Looking south from a recreation area down river from the marker location. The Mississippi river makes two sharp bends here, first turning to the west, then to the north. The river makes another set of turns to form a full "S" bend before passing New Madrid, Missouri. This set of bends made it a logical choice for the Confederates to defend against the Federals advancing down river.
The Neck of the Bend image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 17, 2009
4. The Neck of the Bend
The bend forms a geographical oddity of sorts. Looking west from the levee across the peninsula formed by the "S" bends. Looking down the road, in the distant center, beyond the two story structure, is the southward turn of the river. In that direction is the Missouri shore, and Point Pleasant, where Federal forces made a crossing to Tiptonville, Tennessee to cut off the Confederate defenders. Beyond the right is the Tennessee/Kentucky border. The land inside the northern end of the peninsula is part of Kentucky, but surrounded on three sides by Missouri, and to the south by Tennessee.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,358 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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