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

Foote's Gunboat Flotilla

 
 
Foote's Gunboat Flotilla Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
1. Foote's Gunboat Flotilla Marker
The background of the marker features a drawing of an ironclad with notations describing the features of the warship.
Inscription. The gunboat flotilla that Flag Officer Andrew H. Foote launched against Forts Henry and Donelson consisted of both timberclad and ironclad vessels. The timberclads - Conestoga, Lexington, and Tyler - were commercial river steamers converted to gunboats by adding heavy wooden bulkheads and a mix of cannon. The ironclads, all named for towns on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers - Carondelet, Cincinnati, Louisville, Mound City, Pittsburg, and St. Louis - were broad-beam, shallow-draft vessels protected with 2.5 inches of armor on their sides (called casemates) and 1.25 inches on the conical forward pilothouse. They were built by James Eads, a civil engineer with riverboat experience. Because of their rectangular sloped casemates, designed by by Samuel M. Pook, made them resemble mud turtles, they were called "Pook Turtles."

Flag Officer Andrew H. Foote
Flag officer Andrew Hull Foote, a veteran of nearly 40 years of naval service, commanded the Union's Western Flotilla. Blunt and of implacable resolve, Foote, like Grant, believed the best way to defeat an enemy was to attack him.
 
Erected by Fort Donelson National Battlefield - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 36° 29.688′ 
Markers on the River Battery Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
2. Markers on the River Battery Overlook
N, 87° 51.37′ W. Marker is in Dover, Tennessee, in Stewart County. Marker is on Lock D Loop, 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. Exchanging Iron Valentines (here, next to this marker); Control the Rivers and Railroads (here, next to this marker); Reconstructed Powder Magazine (here, next to this marker); The River Batteries (a few steps from this marker); Gun Positions (within shouting distance of this marker); Powder Magazine (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Upper Water Battery (about 400 feet away); With Admirable Precision (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Dover.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Donelson. National Park Service site. (Submitted on November 23, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Ironclad Defenses image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
3. Ironclad Defenses
Display in the visitor center demonstrating the construction of the ironclad's external armor.
Ironclad Display image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
4. Ironclad Display
Display in the visitor center with wartime photos of the ships, an observation shutter from the USS Cairo, a sword, a telescope, and a shot of the type fired by the warships.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 541 times since then and 8 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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