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New Concord in Calloway County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Under Union Occupation

 
 
Under Union Occupation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, March 6, 2021
1. Under Union Occupation Marker
The Military Wagon Road map on the marker represents a Civil War-era road network which no longer exists. This map should NOT be used as a trail map.
Inscription.  After Confederate forces abandoned Fort Heiman in February 1862, Federal troops occupied it until March 6, 1863. The fort was strengthened and became a major supply depot for Union troops and gunboats. A new fortification (Federal Fort) was also built about half a mile behind the Confederate fort. This fortification, much of which still exists, became the center of an extensive encampment and road complex.

During 1862-63 the new Federal Fort and old Fort Heiman helped protect and maintain the vital supply line that the Tennessee River had become. They also offered, along with Forts Henry and Donelson, havens for growing numbers of refugees, most of whom were slaves seeking safety within Union lines.

(Photo Caption):
The Union soldiers shown here are representative of those who occupied Fort Heiman. This photograph was taken inside a captured Confederate Fortification on the Petersburg, Virginia siege lines.

(Map Caption):
Before permanently abandoning Fort Heiman on March 6, 1863, Union troops destroyed that part of the fort's earthworks that lay along the river. They left largely intact
Remains of the Federal Fort Outer Wall. image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, March 6, 2021
2. Remains of the Federal Fort Outer Wall.
Remains can be accessed by using the short trail behind the marker. However, you will have to do some off-trail exploring to see all of the fort.
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the breastworks along the crest of the bluffs and an upper battery or redoubt. Remnants of these breastworks and what may have been a powder magazine remain on site.
 
Erected by Fort Donelson National Battlefield - National Park Service - US Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWar, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1862.
 
Location. 36° 30.383′ N, 88° 3.725′ W. Marker is in New Concord, Kentucky, in Calloway County. Marker is on Fort Heiman Road 0.1 miles east of Kline Trail, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located at the Fort Heiman Unit of Fort Donelson National Battlefield. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Concord KY 42076, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Heiman (approx. half a mile away); Pook Turtles (approx. half a mile away); Slave Labor (approx. half a mile away); Forrest Stages A Raid (approx. 0.6 miles away); An Unfinished Fort (approx. 0.6 miles away); Battle of Fort Henry (approx. 1.9 miles away in Tennessee); Fort Henry (approx. 2 miles away in Tennessee); Site of Fort Henry (approx. 2.6 miles away in Tennessee). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Concord.
 
More about this marker. To visit the remains of the Federal Earthworks, take the trail behind the marker and into the forest. A few hundred yards up the trail, you will notice a well-preserved section of earthworks off to your left. This is the Federal Fort. To see more of the fort, you will have to do some off-trail exploring.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Donelson National Battlefield. National
Under Union Occupation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, March 6, 2021
3. Under Union Occupation Marker
The trail to the Federal Fort begins here, and extends for about 1/2-mile to a road at the edge of the park boundary. The Federal Earthworks are located a few hundred yards up the trail, off to your left.
Park Service (Submitted on May 11, 2021.) 
 
Remains of the Federal Fort. image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, March 6, 2021
4. Remains of the Federal Fort.
Remains can be accessed by using the short trail behind the marker. However, you will have to do some off-trail exploring to see all of the fort.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 10, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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