Arkansas Post National Memorial in Arkansas County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
Our ironclads and gunboats knocked the fort to pieces
David D. Porter, rear admiral
You wouldn't have got us had it not been for your damned gunboats.
John Dunnington, colonel, chief of ordnance
Fort Hindman's cannon fired at the nine gunboats bearing down on them. Confederate gunners had not practiced firing at such short range. Many shells missed or bounced off the gunboats' metal armor coated with greasy tallow. The Union boats held their fire until within 100 feet of the fort, then aimed right into the mouths of the fort's cannon. "The roar of the cannon was awful...it shook the ground for miles." "The [fort's] big square logs flew as if they were fence rails." Soon the fort's guns were shattered. Union gunships continued firing into the enemy line. Three Union gunboats slipped past the demolished fort, blocking the only escape route. The surrounded Confederates surrendered. Here, the Union clearly demonstrated the overwhelming naval power that helped it control the western rivers.
Erected by Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
Location. 34° 1.179′ N, 91° 20.694′ W. Marker is in Arkansas Post National Memorial, Arkansas, in Arkansas County. Marker is on Old Post Road half a mile south of State Route 169, on the left Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1741 Old Post Road, Gillett AR 72055, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Where is Fort Hindman? (within shouting distance of this marker); On they come like an irresistible thunder bolt (within shouting distance of this marker); The Post of Arkansas (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Colbert Raid (approx. 0.2 miles away); Edge of Empires (approx. 0.2 miles away); The European Settlement (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Arkansas Posts (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stone from Ruins of Old Bank (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arkansas Post National Memorial.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on the Battle of Arkansas Post. (Submitted on September 7, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Additional keywords. Located at the Fort Hindman Exhibit parking area.
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 7, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 90 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 7, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.