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

The River Batteries

 
 
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By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
1. The River Batteries Marker
Inscription.
C.S.A.
The River Batteries

Captain Joseph Dixon (Killed)
Captain Jacob Culbertson
Commander
The lower water battery established at this point mounted eight 32-pounder guns and one 10-inch columbiad. Company A, 50th Tennessee, under Captain T.W. Beaumont, manned the four guns on the right, and Company A, 30th Tennessee, under Captain B.G. Bidwell, manned the four guns on the left. A detachment of Captain Reuben R. Ross' battery of Maury artillery under Lieutenant H.S. Bedford operated the columbiad, which was emplaced on the extreme left.

On February 13, 1862, this battery engaged in a duel with the U.S.S. Carondelet. Near the close of the bombardment, which lasted nearly an hour, a projectile struck and disabled the third gun from the left and killed Captain Joseph Dixon, commander of the river batteries. It also disabled for a short time Captain J.P. Shuster, and killed and wounded two or three privates.
 
Location. 36° 29.683′ N, 87° 51.356′ W. Marker is in Dover, Tennessee, in Stewart County. Marker is on Lock D Loop, on the right when traveling north. Touch 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.
The River Batteries Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
2. The River Batteries Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gun Positions (a few steps from this marker); Foote's Gunboat Flotilla (a few steps from this marker); Exchanging Iron Valentines (within shouting distance of this marker); Control the Rivers and Railroads (within shouting distance of this marker); Reconstructed Powder Magazine (within shouting distance of this marker); See Me Take a Chimney! (within shouting distance of this marker); Killed By a Loose Bolt (within shouting distance of this marker); Powder Magazine (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Donelson. National Park Service site. (Submitted on November 21, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Lower River Battery image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
3. The Lower River Battery
Situated on the downstream side of the fort complex. In this view to the left is a Confederate 10-inch Columbiad. In center and right are 32-pdr guns. The 32-pdrs on display are a mix of Army seacoast guns and Navy guns.
10-inch Columbiad image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
4. 10-inch Columbiad
Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond cast this 10-inch Columbiad in 1863.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 797 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 21, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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