Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
"Red Rover, Red Rover"
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"Red Rover" was a steamer brought by the Confederate Navy a the beginning of the Civil War and used as a transport. At the Battle of Island #10 near New Madrid, MO, it was captured by Union forces in April 1862. The Union Navy outfitted it as a military Hospital ship, which had never been done before. The ship contained operating rooms, amputations rooms, medical supplies, wards and accommodations for the female nurses, some of whom were members of the Catholic order Sisters of the Holy Cross. African-American women served as paid aids.
One of the modifications allowed the new hospital ship to carry up to 300 tons of ice in its lowest hold: an important commodity for the sick and wounded soldiers. "Red Rover" made many trips up and down the Mississippi and other rivers, carrying soldiers to hospitals and treating lesser cases on board. Wherever "Red Rover" went, it was in great need, and the staff
After the war, a popular children's game known as Gates of the City was renamed Red Rover, perhaps because the vessel was called back and forth across the river so often or because it served both sides of the conflict.
Generations of children since have played the game that features the chant "Red Rover, Red Rover, send (name here) right over!"
And it all began here in Cape Girardeau, MO
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1862.
Location. 37° 18.35′ N, 89° 31.041′ W. Marker is in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in Cape Girardeau County. Marker is on North Water Street near Broadway Street. Marker is along the Mississippi River behind the River Wall flood gate at the end of Broadway St. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cape Girardeau MO 63701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pook's Turtles (here, next to this marker); 1735 (a few steps from this marker); 1673 (a few steps from this marker); 1793 (a few steps from this marker); Reflecting the River (within shouting distance of this marker); 1803 (within shouting distance of this marker); 1804 1821 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape Girardeau.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2012, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 802 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 29, 2012, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. 3. submitted on December 29, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.