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Dover in Stewart County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

The River Batteries

 
 
The River Batteries Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
1. The River Batteries Marker
Inscription.  
C.S.A.
The River Batteries

Captain Joseph Dixon (Killed)
Captain Jacob Culbertson
Commander
The lower water battery established at this point mounted eight 32-pounder guns and one 10-inch columbiad. Company A, 50th Tennessee, under Captain T.W. Beaumont, manned the four guns on the right, and Company A, 30th Tennessee, under Captain B.G. Bidwell, manned the four guns on the left. A detachment of Captain Reuben R. Ross' battery of Maury artillery under Lieutenant H.S. Bedford operated the columbiad, which was emplaced on the extreme left.

On February 13, 1862, this battery engaged in a duel with the U.S.S. Carondelet. Near the close of the bombardment, which lasted nearly an hour, a projectile struck and disabled the third gun from the left and killed Captain Joseph Dixon, commander of the river batteries. It also disabled for a short time Captain J.P. Shuster, and killed and wounded two or three privates.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is February 13, 1862.
 
Location. 36° 29.683′ N, 87° 51.356′ 
The River Batteries Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
2. The River Batteries Marker
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W. Marker is in Dover, Tennessee, in Stewart County. Marker is on Lock D Loop, on the right when traveling north. Located at stop 4, the river batteries, on the driving tour of Fort Donelson National Battlefield. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dover TN 37058, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gun Positions (a few steps from this marker); Foote's Gunboat Flotilla (a few steps from this marker); Exchanging Iron Valentines (within shouting distance of this marker); Control the Rivers and Railroads (within shouting distance of this marker); Reconstructed Powder Magazine (within shouting distance of this marker); See Me Take a Chimney! (within shouting distance of this marker); Killed By a Loose Bolt (within shouting distance of this marker); Powder Magazine (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Donelson. National Park Service site. (Submitted on November 21, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
The Lower River Battery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
3. The Lower River Battery
Situated on the downstream side of the fort complex. In this view to the left is a Confederate 10-inch Columbiad. In center and right are 32-pdr guns. The 32-pdrs on display are a mix of Army seacoast guns and Navy guns.
10-inch Columbiad image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
4. 10-inch Columbiad
Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond cast this 10-inch Columbiad in 1863.
Sign Pointing to the Upper River Battery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Shane Oliver, February 21, 2021
5. Sign Pointing to the Upper River Battery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 21, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 990 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 21, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on May 10, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia.

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May. 25, 2022