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Dover in Stewart County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Upper Water Battery

 
 
The Upper Water Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
1. The Upper Water Battery Marker
Inscription.
C.S.A.
The Upper Water Battery
Captain Reuben R. Ross
Commander
Located on this position, this battery mounted one 6 1-2-inch rifled gun and two 32-pounder Carronades. The guns were manned by a detachment of Rossí Battery of Maury Artillery which arrived at Dover on February 11, 1862. First assigned by General Pillow to the left of the line of trenches, the battery responded to a call for volunteers, and Captain Rossí command took charge of these guns and the Columbiad in the lower water battery.
 
Location. 36° 29.666′ N, 87° 51.294′ W. Marker is in Dover, Tennessee, in Stewart County. Marker is on Lock D Loop Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located at stop 4, the river batteries, on the driving tour of Fort Donelson National Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Dover TN 37058, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. With Admirable Precision (a few steps from this marker); Powder Magazine (within shouting distance of this marker); Gun Positions (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The River Batteries (about 300 feet away); Foote's Gunboat Flotilla
The Upper Water Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 27, 2003
2. The Upper Water Battery Marker
(about 400 feet away); Exchanging Iron Valentines (about 400 feet away); Reconstructed Powder Magazine (about 400 feet away); Control the Rivers and Railroads (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Dover.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Donelson National Battlefield. National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 2, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Battle of Fort Donelson, Tennessee. Fort Donelson Official Records webpage. (Submitted on August 2, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Artillery at the Upper Water Battery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 27, 2003
3. Artillery at the Upper Water Battery
Heavy seacoast artillery, such as this located at the upper water battery, defended the water approach to major supply bases in Clarksville and Nashville, TN.
The Lower Water Battery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 27, 2003
4. The Lower Water Battery
Artillery at the lower water battery also protected the Cumberland River from a Union advance. On February 14, 1862, the river batteries defeated Flag Officer Andrew Foote's flotilla of ironclad and wooden gunboats, forcing the Union troops to resort to a land attack.
Fort Donelson National Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 27, 2003
5. Fort Donelson National Battlefield
The marker is located in the main unit of Fort Donelson National Battlefield.
Upper Water Battery image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
6. Upper Water Battery
Reproduction 32-pdr Carronades and a Rodman-type Columbiad.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,010 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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