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

U.S. Gunboat Louisville

February 14 1862

 
 
U.S. Gunboat Louisville Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon Stahl, April 27, 2017
1. U.S. Gunboat Louisville Marker
Inscription.  A solid shot from the 10-inch Confederate Columbiad onshore crashed through the Louisville's bow porthole. That one ball killed three men. Blood and brains splattered Commander Benjamin Dove, the Louisville's captain. Dove calmly wiped the gore from his face, and continued his duties as if nothing had happened.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is February 14, 1862.
 
Location. 36° 29.715′ N, 87° 51.419′ W. Marker is near Dover, Tennessee, in Stewart County. Marker can be reached from Lock D Loop north of Lock D Road when traveling north. At Fort Donelson Tour Stop 4 (River Batteries), walk down around the artillery battery and the marker is on the river shore. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dover TN 37058, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.S.A. Naval Forces, Western Division (a few steps from this marker); U.S. Gunboat St. Louis (a few steps from this marker); U.S. Gunboat Pittsburgh
U.S. Gunboat Louisville Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Shane Oliver, February 21, 2021
2. U.S. Gunboat Louisville Marker
The marker is significantly weathered but still readable.
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(a few steps from this marker); U.S. Gunboat Carondelet (within shouting distance of this marker); Columbiad vs. Carondelet (within shouting distance of this marker); Killed By a Loose Bolt (within shouting distance of this marker); See Me Take a Chimney! (within shouting distance of this marker); Reconstructed Powder Magazine (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
 
Also see . . .
1. Department of the Navy - Naval Historical Center. Online Library of Selected Images - USS Louisville (1862-1865) (Submitted on May 3, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia.) 

2. Fort Donelson Homepage. (Submitted on May 3, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia.)
 
U.S. Gunboat Louisville Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon Stahl, April 27, 2017
3. U.S. Gunboat Louisville Marker
The Onshore 10-inch Columbiad image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon Stahl, April 27, 2017
4. The Onshore 10-inch Columbiad
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 3, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. This page has been viewed 202 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 3, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia.   2. submitted on May 10, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on May 3, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 7, 2022