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Near Henning in Lauderdale County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Union Artillery 12 Pound Howitzers

 
 
Union Artillery 12 Pound Howitzers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 1, 2010
1. Union Artillery 12 Pound Howitzers Marker
Inscription. At the time of the Battle of Fort Pillow, these two northern embrasures or openings in the parapet were fortified with 12 pound howitzers. This type of artillery was extremely effective in hilly country such as is found around Fort Pillow. During the final assault on the fort, all Union artillery was largely ineffective because the guns could not be depressed enough to fire upon the Confederates on the steep terrain below.
 
Location. 35° 38.696′ N, 89° 50.254′ W. Marker is near Henning, Tennessee, in Lauderdale County. Marker can be reached from Park Road (State Highway 207), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in the reconstructed fort in Fort Pillow State Park. The fort is reached by a mile long trail from the visitor center. Marker is in this post office area: Henning TN 38041, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Artillery 6 Pound James Rifles (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Artillery 10 Pound Parrotts (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Earthworks Over River Batteries (about 300 feet away); Confederate Water Batteries (about 400 feet away); General N.B. Forrest's Command Position
Interior of the Fort and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 1, 2010
2. Interior of the Fort and Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Inner Breastworks (approx. 0.3 miles away); Confederate Sharpshooters (approx. 0.3 miles away); Outer Breastworks (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Henning.
 
Also see . . .  The Battle of Fort Pillow. Resource page with articles and reports from the battle. (Submitted on October 10, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Embrasure in Fort Wall image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 1, 2010
3. Embrasure in Fort Wall
Interior of Fort and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 1, 2010
4. Interior of Fort and Marker
On the north end of the fort are two gun positions.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 10, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 485 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 10, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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