Dover in Stewart County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
C.F. Smith's Division
Brigadier General Charles F. Smith's Division
Colonel Jacob G. Lauman's Brigade
7th Iowa, Lieut. Colonel James C. Parrott
14th Iowa, Colonel William T. Shaw
16th Missouri, Lieut. Colonel Benjamin S. Compton
25th Indiana, Colonel James C. Veatch
On February 15, 1862, about 2 p.m., this brigade received orders to assault the extreme right of the Confederate position. The 2d Iowa led the attack and was closely followed by the 52d Indiana, temporarily attached to this brigade. The 25th Indiana, 7th, and 14th Iowa Regiments deployed as skirmishers on the right and left of the line, covered the flanks during the attack. Crossing the ravine, the left wing of the 2d Iowa advanced steadily up the opposite hill and reached these rifle pits without firing a shot. On reaching the works, the regiment found the small Confederate garrison in retreat. It opened fire upon the retreating foe, and awaited the arrival of the right wing, whereupon the regiment followed in hot pursuit. In the meantime, the Confederates received reinforcements and counterattacked to recover the lost position. Failing in this, they were content to retain possession of the ridge about 400 yards east of and overlooking these trenches which remained in Federal hands.
Location. Touch for map. Located at stop seven, Smith's Attack, on the driving tour of Fort Donelson Battlefield Park. Marker is in this post office area: Dover TN 37058, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Camp (a few steps from this marker); Seizing the Initiative (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jackson's Virginia Battery (about 700 feet away); Fort Donelson Confederate Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Buckner's Division (approx. 0.2 miles away); Buckner's Defense (approx. ¼ mile away); Porter's Battery (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
Also see . . . Fort Donelson. National Park Service site. (Submitted on November 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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