“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Clarksville in Montgomery County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Surrender of Clarksville

Union Occupation

Surrender of Clarksville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 24, 2013
1. Surrender of Clarksville Marker
Inscription. In the mid-afternoon of February 19, 1862, Flag Officer Andrew H. Foote, aboard his flagship, the timber-clad gunship USS Conestoga, passed Linwood Landing around the bend of the Cumberland River a mile and a half north of here. The ironclad USS Cairo and a steam tugboat accompanied him, just three days after Confederate forces surrendered Fort Donelson. Steaming upstream, the ships arrived at the bluffs, the location of Fort Defiance. Disembarked troops proceeded to occupy that fort and Fort Clark, the “river battery” located below the bluffs on the south bank of the Red River.

After securing the forts, Foote steamed to the Clarksville landing just below here. He had observed several white flags including one over Fort Defiance. Arriving at the town landing, the Federals saw smoke rising from the Memphis, Clarksville and Louisville Railroad bridge south of here, set afire by retreating Confederates.

Foote, on crutches from an ankle wound received at Fort Donelson, met with a group of citizens led by former postmaster general Cave Johnson, former county judge Thomas W. Wisdom, and Clarksville mayor George Smith. They asked Foote to ensure the safety of the townspeople and their property. Initially refusing to do so, Foote reconsidered and signed a proclamation the next day. Clarksville had
Surrender of Clarksville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 24, 2013
2. Surrender of Clarksville Marker
surrendered; the war and occupation were at the front door.

The New York Herald reported the event on February 24, 1862. On March 4, the New York Times included a map of the area; a reporter aboard Conestoga wrote the accompanying story.

Flag Officer Andrew H. Foote - Courtesy Library of Congress
USS Conestoga - Courtesy Howard Winn
Cave Johnson - Courtesy Customs House Museum and Cultural Center, Clarksville, TN
New York Times, March 4, 1862, showing Clarksville and forts Courtesy Howard Winn
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 31.745′ N, 87° 21.849′ W. Marker is in Clarksville, Tennessee, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Riverside Drive (Bypass U.S. 41A) and College Street (Tennessee Route 48), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Located along the Clarksville Riverwalk. Marker is in this post office area: Clarksville TN 37040, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clarksville in the Civil War (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Court House
Tugboat on the river by the marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 24, 2013
3. Tugboat on the river by the marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); John Montgomery Statue (approx. 0.2 miles away); Town Spring (approx. mile away); Clarence Cameron White (approx. 0.3 miles away); Kennedy and Glenn's Bank (approx. 0.3 miles away); Montgomery County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Smith-Trahern Mansion (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Clarksville.
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 357 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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