Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Union Artillery 10 Pound Parrotts

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Location: in Fort Pillow State Park on State Highway 207, Henning, TN
County: Lauderdale
Coordinates: N 35° 38.68    W 089° 50.306
  35.64466666    -89.83843333
Waymark: None


Several days before the battle the Union brought two 10 pound Parrotts to Fort Pillow. These pieces were placed outside the fort at the beginning of the battle, but were soon moved inside the fort where wooden platforms were hastily erected adjacent to two open embrasures. 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.


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