Clarksville in Montgomery County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Forts Versus Ironclads
Some of the bigger guns were mounted on wooden carriages, called barbettes, which allowed for recoil and reloading. Barbettes swiveled on a central pole called the pintle. Columbiads were mounted on iron carriages strong enough to take the shock of their fire, but sometimes broke while firing, which happened at Forts Henry and Donelson.
Confronting the forts were Union "City Class" ironclad gunboats measuring 175 feet long by 51 feet wide and initially costing $89,600 each. Ironclads carried
Union timberclad gunboats, converted from steamboats, lacked armor but carried heavy guns and were designed to attack other boats and troops close to the rivers.
Erected 2008 by the City of Clarksville.
Location. 36° 32.467′ N, 87° 22.434′ W. Marker is in Clarksville, Tennessee, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from A Street 0.1 miles south of Walker Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 Duncan Street, Clarksville TN 37042, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Building Fort Sevier (Defiance) (within shouting distance of this marker); Life as a Garrisoned Union Soldier (within shouting distance of this marker); Freedmen's Camp and the USCT (within shouting distance of this marker); Bringing the War to Clarksville (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Defiance Interpretive Center (about 400 feet away); Fort Defiance Tobacco Trade and the Rivers (about 400 feet away); Town of Cumberland (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clarksville.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on the USS Cairo. (Submitted on January 3, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 3, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 189 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 3, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.