“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
New Concord in Calloway County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Slave Labor

Slave Labor Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Shane Oliver, March 6, 2021
1. Slave Labor Marker
Inscription.  Fort Heiman, in which you are standing, was built almost entirely by slaves from Mississippi and Alabama. Slaves, as well as white laborers pressed into Confederate service, helped to build all three forts guarding the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers. This was a common practice. During the early years of the war the Confederate government refused to enlist slaves as soldiers, but it did press tens of thousands into army labor brigades that enhanced its war effort. These were usually men in their prime, between 18 and 40 years old, who were hired from their owners to load, transport, and unload supplies, wash uniforms, shine boots, mend clothes and tents, move ordnance, and cook and serve food. They were also used to build and repair roads and bridges, dig trenches and latrines, and construct fortifications. Because their work with the armies was often hard and dangerous, many slave owners were reluctant to send their valuable property to the battle front for fear of loss or damage.

(Image Caption):
After Forts Henry, Heiman, and Donelson were captured and occupied by Union Forces, they became havens for refugee slaves
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seeking freedom as well as protection from their former owners and the Confederate army.
Erected by Fort Donelson National Battlefield - National Park Service - US Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansForts and CastlesWar, US Civil.
Location. 36° 30.097′ N, 88° 3.37′ 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); Fort Heiman (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.
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Fort Heiman Exhibit Shelter image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Shane Oliver, March 6, 2021
2. Fort Heiman Exhibit Shelter
Marker is located at the bottom right side of the exhibit shelter, below the "Pook Turtles" marker.
 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 201 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 10, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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