Paducah in McCracken County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
In December 1861, Tilghman was named commander of Fort Henry on the Tennessee River. He quickly recognized the poor position of the fort and ordered the construction of Fort Heiman begun on high ground across the river.
Late in day on February 4, 1862 then Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant with two divisions supported by seven gunboats lead [sic] by Flag Office Andrew H. Foote arrived downstream from Fort Henry. Tilghman assessed the situation and consulted with his officers. On February 6, 1862, realizing that the fall of Fort Henry was
Tilghman was sent to Fort Warren, Massachusetts as a Prisoner of War. However, he was released as part of a prisoner exchange only a few months later and immediately returned to service as commander of the 1st Brigade of Major General William Loring's Army of the West which included the Third Kentucky. He fought at Corinth and Holly Springs in Mississippi. On May 16, 1863 while commanding his troops in the Battle of Champion Hill he was struck by a shell fragment and fatally wounded.
The Tilghman House was saved from demolition by community volunteers and restored to serve as a Civil War Museum focused on the role of the western rivers and western Kentucky in the Civil War. In 1998 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Erected by The Forest C. Pogue Public History Institute. (Marker Number Site 24.)
Location. 37° 5.058′ N, 88° 36.067′ W. Marker is in Paducah, Kentucky, in McCracken Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 631 Kentucky Ave, Paducah KY 42001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tilghman Home (here, next to this marker); "Duke of Paducah" (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Broadway Methodist (about 500 feet away); Visitors Coming to Paducah (about 500 feet away); Spanish American War Monument (about 600 feet away); "Old Judge Priest" (about 600 feet away); 8th U.S. Heavy Artillery (Colored) (about 600 feet away); Grace Episcopal (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Paducah.
Also see . . . Tilghman Heritage Museum. AboutPaducah.com (Submitted on December 30, 2015.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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