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

U.S. Gunboat Pittsburgh

February 14 1862

 
 
U.S. Gunboat Pittsburgh Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, April 27, 2017
1. U.S. Gunboat Pittsburgh Marker
Inscription. "Still approaching with caution nearer and nearer to the fort, we continued firing shell, reducing the 15 second to the 5-second fuse until within 450 yards of the fort, up to which time, 4:15 p.m., we had expended 111 rounds... throwing 105 shells and 6 of grape..."

Lieutenant Egbert Thompson, U.S. Navy

Learning that the Pittsburgh was taking on water so fast that her pumps could not keep up, Thompson reversed engines. Sailors hauled the heavy bow cannon all the way back the the stern—to keep the gunboat afloat.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 36° 29.72′ N, 87° 51.409′ W. Marker is near Dover, Tennessee, in Stewart County. Marker can be reached from Lock D Loop north of Lock D Road when traveling north. Touch for map. At Fort Donelson Tour Stop 4 (River Batteries), walk down around the artillery battery and the marker is on the river shore. Marker is in this post office area: Dover TN 37058, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.S.A. Naval Forces, Western Division (a few steps from this marker); U.S. Gunboat Carondelet (a few steps from this marker); U.S. Gunboat Louisville
U.S. Gunboat Pittsburgh Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, April 27, 2017
2. U.S. Gunboat Pittsburgh Marker
(a few steps from this marker); U.S. Gunboat St. Louis (within shouting distance of this marker); Killed By a Loose Bolt (within shouting distance of this marker); See Me Take a Chimney! (within shouting distance of this marker); Columbiad vs. Carondelet (within shouting distance of this marker); Reconstructed Powder Magazine (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Donelson Homepage. (Submitted on May 3, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia.)
2. U.S. gunboat Pittsburg - Mississippi River Fleet. Library of Congress (Submitted on May 3, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 3, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. This page has been viewed 104 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 3, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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