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

Fort Heiman

 
 
Fort Heiman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, March 6, 2021
1. Fort Heiman Marker
Inscription.  Fort Heiman is part of Fort Donelson National Battlefield. Named for Confederate Col. Adolphus Heiman who commanded the fort's 1,000-man garrison, Fort Heiman was a small, irregular earthen fortification built here atop Stewart's Hill on the Kentucky Side of the Tennessee River. Designed to provide artillery support for flood-prone Fort Henry, it was begun in January 1862 using mostly slave labor from Alabama and Mississippi. But the fort was still unfinished when Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant launched his amphibious campaign in early February 1862. Its garrison, men from Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, and Kentucky, was withdrawn on February 4 before Union gunboats attacked Fort Henry. Remnants of Fort Heiman's entrenchments can still be seen as well as the remains of a later fort built and occupied by Union forces.

Regulations Take only pictures. Leave no trace.
- Relic-hunting and metal detecting are strictly forbidden. Violators will be prosecuted.
- Do not walk or climb on earthworks or rock walls. Stay on trails.
- Do not disturb or remove any vegetation or historic objects.
- Hunting
Fort Heiman Exhibit Shelter image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, March 6, 2021
2. Fort Heiman Exhibit Shelter
Marker is at the left side of the exhibit shelter.
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and/or the possession of firearms or other hunting weaponry is strictly prohibited.
- Pets must be leashed at all times.
- Parts of Fort Heiman are on private property. Please respect property rights.

Safety Your safety is your responsibility.
- Be careful when walking on trails. The terrain may be uneven. Watch for steep hillsides and unmarked drop-offs.
- Watch for snakes, ticks, stinging insects, spiders, and poison ivy.

Accessibility
- Fort Heiman is undeveloped. The road is partially paved. Features and trails are not identified. Access is based on personal ability.

Fort Henry
Built to guard against Union ship traffic on the Tennessee River. It was, however, susceptible to infantry attacks and spring flooding. The remains of the fort are now underneath Kentucky Lake. Only the fort's eastern rifle pits remain above water.

Fort Donelson
Site of the North's first major victory of the Civil War, the park contains the remains of the fort itself, two river batteries, outer rifle pits, and the Dover Hotel where the surrender was arranged.

(Image Caption):
Battle of Fort Henry
 
Erected by Fort Donelson National Battlefield - National Park Service - US Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker
Fort Heiman Exhibit Shelter image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, March 6, 2021
3. Fort Heiman Exhibit Shelter
This device plays recorded audio messages by cranking a wheel. There is no electricity at the Fort Heiman Unit.
is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 36° 30.096′ N, 88° 3.372′ W. Marker is in New Concord, Kentucky, in Calloway County. Marker can be reached from Fort Heiman Road 0.6 miles east of Kline Trail, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located at the Fort Heiman exhibit shelter, 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. Pook Turtles (here, next to this marker); Slave Labor (here, next to this marker); Forrest Stages A Raid (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); An Unfinished Fort (approx. 0.2 miles away); Under Union Occupation (approx. half a mile away); Battle of Fort Henry (approx. 1.6 miles away in Tennessee); Fort Henry (approx. 1.7 miles away in Tennessee); Site of Fort Henry (approx. 2.3 miles away in Tennessee). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Concord.
 
More about this 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 of Fort Heiman. Additionally, Fort Heiman is located in a rural area with no electricity, limited cellular service, and partially-paved roads. Exercise caution when visiting.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Donelson National Battlefield. National Park Service (Submitted on May 10, 2021.) 
 
 
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 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 10, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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