Arlington in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Memphis's Civil War Sites
Civilians Lined the Bluﬀs
In April 1862, Union victories at Shiloh and on the Mississippi River made Confederate control of the river in Tennessee more difficult. Southern soldiers evacuated posts that they could not defend easily, such as Memphis. Capt. James E. Montgomery remained with eight gunboat-rams to protect the city. Shortly before dawn on June 6, Federal Capt. Charles H. Davis's ironclad gunboat flotilla and Col. Charles Ellet's Ram Fleet steamed downriver to attack them. Memphis civilians lined the bluffs to watch the battle.
At first, the gunboats shelled each other ineffectually. The USS rams Queen of the West and Monarch then rammed and disabled CSA General Lovell and General Price, respectively, and the engagement became one-sided. The battle ended at mid-morning with all but one of Montgomery's vessels destroyed or captured. Hundreds of Confederate sailors were killed or taken prisoner. Ellet was the only Union fatality, dying of his wound two weeks later. The mayor of Memphis surrendered the city to Ellet's son, Medical Cadet Charles R. Ellet, and two marines.
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The side-wheel steamboat Sultana was photographed in Helena, Ark., on April 26, 1865, en route upstream from Vicksburg, Miss. Carrying almost 2,500 persons, mostly newly released Union prisoners of war, the vessel was vastly overloaded. At 2 A.M. on April 27, about 8 miles north of Memphis, a boiler exploded and the Sultana burned and sank. An estimated 1,800 people died in the largest maritime disaster in American history.
Sultana - Courtesy Library of Congress
Ellet approaching Memphis to demand surrender, Harper's Weekly, June 28, 1862
1. Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island River Park
2. Confederate Park
3. Forrest Park
4. Hunt-Phelan House
5. Elmwood Cemetery
6. Fort Pickering Site at Chickasaw Heritage Park
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Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 15.775′ N, 89° 39.707′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Arlington Trail and Misty Trail, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located at the Memphis/Shelby County Visitor Center (Exit 25, I-40). Marker is at or near this postal address: 12036 Arlington Trail, Arlington TN 38002, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Arlington Cemetery (approx. 1.5 miles away); Hughes-College Hill Park (approx. 1.8 miles away); Rachel H.K. Burrow Museum (approx. 2.3 miles away); Blacksmith Shop (approx. 2.3 miles away); Arlington Historic Post Office (approx. 2.3 miles away); Harrell Farm Log Cabin (approx. 2.3 miles away); Grey's Creek Baptist Church (approx. 3.7 miles away); Old Stagecoach Inn (approx. 3.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Arlington.
Also see . . .
1. Tennessee Wars Commission. Department of Environment & Conservation (Submitted on September 6, 2015.)
2. Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area. A program of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University (Submitted on September 6, 2015.)
3. Disaster on the Mississippi. Stephen Ambrose (Submitted on September 13, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
Categories. • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
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