Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Confederate Water Batteries

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Location: in Fort Pillow State Park on State Highway 207, Henning, TN
County: Lauderdale
Coordinates: N 35° 38.694    W 089° 50.326
  35.6449    -89.83876666
Waymark: None


The earthen structure nearby, ¾ mile in length, was constructed by the Confederates by order of General Gideon Pillow in July, 1861. Designed to hold 40 artillery pieces, the water batteries were the major works which prevented the passage of Union boats along the river. The water batteries were rendered almost unusable when the river flooded in March, 1862. After the fall of Shiloh and Corinth, the Confederates withdrew from the fort in June, 1862, leaving behind 19 pieces of artillery, all spiked or dismounted.


More information:
Wikipedia: Battle of Fort Pillow
Wikipedia: Fort Pillow State Park
TN Gov: Fort Pillow State Park