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Guntersville in Marshall County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Major Paramore's Federal Bombardment of Guntersville

 
 
Major Paramore's Federal Bombardment of Guntersville Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes Tidwell, February 1, 2022
1. Major Paramore's Federal Bombardment of Guntersville Marker
Inscription.  The hill to the immediate left was the site of the 1862 shelling of Guntersville during the War Between the States.
On July 28, 1862, a Federal force under the command of Major J.W. Paramore placed two Parrott guns on the hill and shelled Guntersville from 7 a.mm to 6 p.m. Captain Cyrus Loomis' First Michigan Battery carried out the shelling, which sent more than one hundred of Guntersville's women and children to the ravine south of town for protection.
The rifled Parrott guns fired six-pound projectiles greater distances than older smooth bore cannons and enabled the Yankees to reach across the Tennessee Rive. Trenches had to be dug to steady the Parrott guns and they can still be seen on top of the hill.
Most of the shelling concentrated on cotton warehouses and boat construction facilities south of Henry Island, now inundated. The Federals attempted to send an attract force across the river but failed.
As a result of the bombardment a number of homes near the riverbank, were burned and many other homes suffered damage from the shells, including the Nickles and Gilbreath residences. Fortunately, both these houses
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still stand today.
The Chattanooga Daily Rebel reported that the shelling resulted in only two deaths. One was the wife of military General Samuel King Rayburn.
 
Erected 2015 by George and Gala Kappler, Guntersville Historical Society, Marshall County Commission, and Lake Guntersville Chamber of Commerce.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is July 28, 1862.
 
Location. 34° 22.997′ N, 86° 17.018′ W. Marker is in Guntersville, Alabama, in Marshall County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 431, on the right when traveling north. Located inside the Marshall County park along the George and Gale Kappler Civil War Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Guntersville AL 35976, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Federal Troops Burn Guntersville During Civil War (approx. 1.4 miles away); History of Guntersville (approx. 1.4 miles away); John Gunter (approx. 1.4 miles away); Colonel Montgomery Gilbreath House (approx. 1.7 miles away); Errol Allan Park (approx. 1.7 miles away); Section of Core (approx. 1.8 miles away); Veterans of Foreign Wars Marshall County (approx. 1.8 miles away); Courthouse Well (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Guntersville.
 
Major Paramore's Federal Bombardment of Guntsville Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes Tidwell, February 1, 2022
2. Major Paramore's Federal Bombardment of Guntsville Marker
Nearby map of the George and Gale Kappler Civil War Trail. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes Tidwell, February 1, 2022
3. Nearby map of the George and Gale Kappler Civil War Trail.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 7, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 29, 2022, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 371 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on August 4, 2022, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. Photos:   1. submitted on August 6, 2022, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.   2, 3. submitted on May 29, 2022, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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