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Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

1861

The Civil War

 
 
1861 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
1. 1861 Marker
Inscription. This view of the Mississippi River is from Fort A, one of the four forts constructed by Union forces in the summer of 1861. These forts, which encircled Cape Girardeau, provided protection from attack from either land or water. Fort A was on the bluff at the eastern end of Bellevue Street. Fort B encircled the Dittlinger home on the current site of Southeast Missouri State University's Kent Library. Fort C guarded the western and southern approaches to the city and blocked Confederate forces' access to the city via the Old Bloomfield road at the Old Fairgrounds (between Sprigg and Pacific on Good Hope). Fort D, the only surviving Civil War fort, still stands at Fort and Locust streets east of South Sprigg Street.

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Grant vs. Prentiss - 1861
Cape Girardeau became a fortified and occupied community when the Civil War began in 1861. Newly appointed Brigadier Generals Ulysses S. Grant (left) and Benjamin Prentiss (right) reached Cape Girardeau on the same day with conflicting orders of command. Who was in charge? A shouting match took place in which Grant emerged the winner. Prentiss went back to St. Louis while Grant went on to Vicksburg, Shiloh, Chattanooga and eventually the Presidency.
 
Erected by Mississippi River Tales, River Heritage Mural Association
1861 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
2. 1861 Marker
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Location. 37° 18.308′ N, 89° 31.058′ W. Marker is in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in Cape Girardeau County. Marker is on North Water Street south of Broadway Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located along the Mississippi River Tales Mural covering the downtown floodwall. Marker is in this post office area: Cape Girardeau MO 63701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1863 (here, next to this marker); 1838 (a few steps from this marker); 1870 (a few steps from this marker); 1821 (within shouting distance of this marker); 1875 (within shouting distance of this marker); 1804 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mississippi River (within shouting distance of this marker); 1803 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape Girardeau.
 
Also see . . .  Mississippi River Tales Mural. Wikipedia (Submitted on August 31, 2017.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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