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

Forrest Stages A Raid

 
 
Forrest Stages A Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, March 6, 2021
1. Forrest Stages A Raid Marker
Inscription.  In late October 1864 Brig. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and 3,500 Confederate cavalrymen used Fort Heiman as a base to attack Union supply vessels on the Tennessee River. After placing several artillery pieces along this bluff, Forrest's troopers spent two days sparring with Union vessels. By October 31 they had sunk one steamer, damaged two others, and captured two gunboats.

On November 1 Forrest left Fort Heiman and three days later launched one of the most successful raids of the Civil War, attacking the Union supply depot at Johnsonville, Tennessee, some 30 miles south. Before withdrawing to Corinth, Mississippi, Forrest's cavalrymen destroyed four Union gunboats, 14 transports, 20 barges, and 26 pieces of artillery. They also captured 150 Union soldiers and burned nearly $7 million worth of stockpiled supplies bound for Nashville and Union Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas's Army of the Cumberland.

Johnsonville Depot
Union military supplies brought up the Tennessee River were transferred here from river boats to railcars for shipment to Union-held Nashville, 78 miles to the east. Historic Johnsonville, like Fort Henry,

Fort Heiman Earthworks near the marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, March 6, 2021
2. Fort Heiman Earthworks near the marker
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lies beneath the waters of Kentucky Lake.

USS Undine
One of the two gunboats captured by Forrest's troopers was the USS Undine, one of the largest tinclads in the Union navy. Forrest armed the Undine and the captured transport Venus with more guns to use against the Union flotilla protecting Johnsonville. Venus was recaptured before the raid; Forrest burned Undine after the raid to prevent its recapture.
 
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 CivilWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1864.
 
Location. 36° 29.996′ N, 88° 3.344′ W. Marker is in New Concord, Kentucky, in Calloway County. Marker is on Fort Heiman Road south of County Road 1242D4, on the left when traveling south. 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. An Unfinished Fort (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Heiman (about 600 feet away); Pook Turtles (about 600 feet away); Slave Labor
View of the Tennessee River from the marker. image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, March 6, 2021
3. View of the Tennessee River from the marker.
(about 600 feet away); Under Union Occupation (approx. 0.6 miles away); Battle of Fort Henry (approx. 1.7 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.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Donelson National Battlefield. National Park Service (Submitted on May 11, 2021.) 
 
Fort Heiman Earthworks near the marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, March 6, 2021
4. Fort Heiman Earthworks near the marker
 
 
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 24 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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