Shreveport in Caddo Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
This Marks the Site of Battery 1
One of the eighteen batteries
and four forts which formed
the Confederate defenses
1864 – 1865
Location. 32° 30.157′ N, 93° 43.278′ W. Marker is in Shreveport, Louisiana, in Caddo Parish. Marker can be reached from Veterans Way north of East Stoner Avenue. Touch for map. Located under the flagpole of the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center (former location of Fort Turnbull). Marker is at or near this postal address: 510 East Stoner Avenue, Shreveport LA 71101, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Turnbull (here, next to this marker); Fort Humbug (approx. ¼ mile away); Coates Bluff (approx. 0.7 miles away); "Hell's Angels" (approx. 2.4 miles away); Dedicated to the 44th Bomb Group (H) (approx. 2.4 miles away).
Regarding This Marks the Site of Battery 1. The artillery and other emplacements are long gone. Most if not all of the cannons that remained were melted down during the World War II metal drive to be used in more modern military equipment.
There were 12-pound Napoleons, thirty-twos and Navy sixty-fours.
However, not all of the fort’s cannon were iron and bronze, some were made of wood. They were called ‘Quaker guns'. They were large tree logs, imagine telephone poles, strapped to an iron carriage with wheels and painted black. To ‘Yankee spies’ across the river, they looked like actual cannon, which was kind of the point. These decoy cannon were meant to give the impression of an even greater arsenal. One such cannon can be found near the medical center at the Louisiana National Guard post adjacent to the facility.
Because of the Quaker guns, Fort Turnbull became known as “Fort Humbug” as the fake cannon were said to be a ‘humbug’ meant to feign Union forces. The name stuck, and the National Guard Post near the hospital is known today as Fort Humbug as well as the original fort site in its entirety.
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Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 11, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.