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

Gunboats Tyler and Lexington

 
 
U.S. Gunboat Tyler and U.S. Gunboat Lexington marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen Gathman, July 24, 2010
1. U.S. Gunboat Tyler and U.S. Gunboat Lexington marker
Inscription.
U.S.
U.S. Gunboat Tyler,
Lieut. William Gwin, commanding

U.S. Gunboat Lexington,
Lieut. James W. Shrink, commanding

On the 6th day of April, 1862 these gunboats were in position on the east side of the Tennessee River opposite the mouth of Dill Branch. They went into action at about 5 P.M. and were engaged in repelling the last attack made by the Confederates Sunday evening, and continued to throw shells, into the supposed camps of the enemy, every half hour during the night.
 
Erected by Shiloh National Military Park Commission. (Marker Number 299.)
 
Location. 35° 8.682′ N, 88° 19.16′ W. Marker is near Shiloh, Tennessee, in Hardin County. Marker is on Brown's Ferry Road 0.8 miles east of Hamburg-Savannah Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shiloh TN 38376, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Changing Size and Color (within shouting distance of this marker); Vibrant Community (approx. mile away); Chalmers' Brigade (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pittsburg Landing (approx.
Tennessee River seen from marker site image. Click for full size.
By Allen Gathman, July 24, 2010
2. Tennessee River seen from marker site
View looking north (downstream toward Savannah, TN) from the marker site.
0.3 miles away); 9th Illinois Infantry (approx. 0.4 miles away); Camp of Powell's Battery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Powell's Battery (approx. 0.4 miles away); 54th Ohio Infantry (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shiloh.
 
Regarding Gunboats Tyler and Lexington. Contemporary reports indicate that shelling was effective against Chalmers' brigade while they were trying to cross the Dill Branch ravine.

Most works on the battle (e.g. Cunningham, 2007) state that the gunboats fired a shell every 15 minutes Sunday night.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Dill Branch image. Click for full size.
By Allen Gathman, July 24, 2010
3. Dill Branch
View west from the marker into Dill Branch.
USS Tyler image. Click for more information.
4. USS Tyler
Photo of the gunboat from the war. Note the "City Class" ironclad behind and to the right of the Tyler.
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USS Lexington image. Click for more information.
5. USS Lexington
Another of the "Timberclad" gunboats.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 31, 2010, by Allen Gathman of Pocahontas, Missouri. This page has been viewed 1,086 times since then and 92 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 31, 2010, by Allen Gathman of Pocahontas, Missouri.   4, 5. submitted on August 1, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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