New Madrid in New Madrid County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Fort Bankhead and its three regiments were under command of the newly arrived Colonel Lucius M. Walker, nephew of former President James Polk and a prominent Memphis businessman. His command consisted of the 5th Tennessee, 40th Tennessee, Colonel Alpheus Baker's 1st Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi Infantry and Bankhead's Artillery.
Fort Bankhead tried to hold its own during the siege of New Madrid. Two heavy guns in the Fort became dismantled with two men wounded. After regaining their composure, the confederates began scoring some hits of their own. One of the Federal cannonballs that had landed inside Fort Bankhead, killing two mules, was reloaded and returned with devastating effect.
Fort Bankhead was never fully garrisoned or finished to the degree it needed to be and unable to hold New Madrid against
Marker series. This marker is included in the Missouriís Civil War marker series.
Location. 36° 35.024′ N, 89° 31.607′ W. Marker is in New Madrid, Missouri, in New Madrid County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Levee Road, on the right when traveling south on Main Street. Click for map. Located directly across from New Madrid Historical Museum. Marker is in this post office area: New Madrid MO 63869, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bissell's Submergible Saw (here, next to this marker); New Madrid (a few steps from this marker); New Madrid & Island No. Ten (within shouting distance of this marker); Higgerson School (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Siege of New Madrid (approx. 1.6 miles away); Capture of Island No. 10 (approx. 10.1 Confederate Forts & Batteries (approx. 10.1 miles away in Tennessee); Confederate Burials (approx. 10.7 miles away in Tennessee). Click for a list of all markers in New Madrid.
Also see . . . New Madrid Historical Museum. (Submitted on March 29, 2015.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, US Civil •
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