Covington in Kenton County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Civil War Fortiﬁcations
Reports of Kirby Smith's CSA troops approaching Cincinnati caused panic in September 1862. Gen. Lew Wallace led Union troops and volunteers from rural Ohio (known as "Squirrel Hunters")across Ohio River on a hastily constructed pontoon bridge made of coal barges. Marching south to Ky. hills, they fortified area at Newport, Covington, Forts Mitchell and Wright. Over.
Some 50,000 guarded approaches to Cincinnati. After CSA Gen. Henry Heth tried this strong defensive line, the Rebel army retreated. Lew Wallace later wrote Ben Hur, published in 1880. Pontoon bridge was laid in shadows of stone piers of John Roebling Suspension Bridge, prototype of his Brooklyn Bridge.
Erected by Licking Riverside Civic Association and City of Covington.
Location. 39° 5.461′ N, 84° 30.493′ W. Marker is in Covington, Kentucky, in Kenton County. Marker is on Riverside Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is located along the Ohio River to the east of the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge (Highway 17) which can be seen in the background in the photograph of Side 1 of the marker. Parking is available along Riverside Drive and in an adjacent parking
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Roebling Suspension Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Ben Lucien Burman (within shouting distance of this marker); John A. Roebling Bridge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Simon Kenton (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Simon Kenton (about 400 feet away); The Point (about 400 feet away); Great Neighborhoods / Riverwalk Statues (about 500 feet away); Kennedy House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Covington.
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2012. This page has been viewed 472 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 7, 2012. 3. submitted on September 25, 2016. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.