Clarksville in Montgomery County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Bringing the War to Clarksville
The Confederate Engineers Major Jeremy Gilmer and Edward Sayers
A West Point-trained engineer from South Carolina, Gilmer was tasked by General Johnston to erect defenses in Middle Tennessee. Gilmer visited Nashville Clarksville, and Forts Henry and Donelson overseeing construction and hiring other engineers te handle specific sites. For Clarksville, Gilmer hired Irish-born civilian engineer Edward Sayers. Sayers began work on Forts Clark, Sevier, and Terry in late October 1861 using slaves and available troops. Sayers laid out another fort on high ground above Fort Sevier, which was never built. He later became a Captain of Engineers in the Confederate Army.
General Albert Sidney Johnston
A Kentucky native, General Albert Sidney Johnston was considered the top soldier in America in 1861. He chose to fight for the South and was given command of Department No. 2, which included Tennessee. Johnston's headquarters were in Bowling Green, Kentucky. After the fall of Fort Henry, Johnston and the Confederate forces fell back to Corinth Mississippi. On April 6, 1862, at the Battle of Shiloh, Johnston was killed rallying his troops.
Flag Officer Andrew H. Foote
Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant
Ohio-born Grant graduated from West Point in 1843 and served in the Mexican War. After leaving the army in 1854, he failed in business ventures. In 1861, Grant joined the Union Army, becoming colonel of the 21st Illinois Infantry. Rising quickly to Brigadier General, Grant commanded the army that captured Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, and Clarksville. He ended the war as a Lieutenant General in command of all Union troops, and in 1869 became the 18th President of the United States.
Erected 2008 by the City of Clarksville.
Location. 36° 32.48′ N, 87° 22.381′ W. Marker is in Clarksville, Tennessee, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from A Street 0.1 miles south of Walker Street. Touch for map. Located at the Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center. Marker is at or
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Freedmen's Camp and the USCT (within shouting distance of this marker); Life as a Garrisoned Union Soldier (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Defiance Interpretive Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Building Fort Sevier (Defiance) (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Defiance (within shouting distance of this marker); Forts Versus Ironclads (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tobacco Trade and the Rivers (about 400 feet away); Town of Cumberland (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clarksville.
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 3, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 192 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 3, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.