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Savannah in Hardin County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

War on the River

 
 
War on the River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, April 28, 2017
1. War on the River Marker
Inscription. In March 1862, Union steamboats fought Tennessee River currents to carry an invading army deep into the Confederacy. At the height of the Union occupation, transports and gunboats four and five deep lined both sides of the river in front of you. Men transported on these ships would fight the Battle of Shiloh and later capture the Confederate rail center at Corinth, Mississippi.

For the remainder of the war Union gunboats patrolled the Tennessee. They prevented the Confederates from building artillery batteries, skirmished with Southern shore parties, and occasional took retribution on riverside towns. By war's end, only chimneys marked the sites of some of this valley's oldest settlements. Savannah suffered little damage—likely because of its numerous Union sympathies.

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The wooden gunboat Lexington (above), like its sister ship U.S.S. Tyler, fired on Confederate troops during the Battle of Shiloh. Shells from these Union gunboats harassed the Confederates during the night of April 6-7.

Gunboats (below) stand watch while transports shuttle troops across the Tennessee River at Pittsburg Landing during the Battle of Shiloh.
 
Erected by The City of Savannah in partnership with the National Park Service.
 
Location.
War on the River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, April 28, 2017
2. War on the River Marker
The War on the River marker is on the far right
35° 13.559′ N, 88° 15.43′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Tennessee, in Hardin County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West Main Street and Hogohegee Drive when traveling west. Touch for map. West Main dead ends at the historic Cherry Mansion. A walkway leads about 30 yards down to the river and the Trail of Tears Overlook Park. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah TN 38372, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Crossing (here, next to this marker); The Cherry Mansion (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Cherry Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker); Grant at Cherry Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker); War Comes to Savannah (approx. mile away); Joseph Hardin (approx. 0.4 miles away); Approach to Shiloh (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Approach to Shiloh (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
The Lexington image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, April 28, 2017
3. The Lexington
The wooden gunboat Lexington, like its sister ship U.S.S. Tyler, fired on Confederate troops during the Battle of Shiloh. Shells from these Union Gunboats harassed the Confederates during the night of April 6-7.
The Tennessee River as viewed from the marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, April 28, 2017
4. The Tennessee River as viewed from the marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 30, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. This page has been viewed 93 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 30, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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