Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Stankiewicz's Battery

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: on Fort Donelson Park Road, at stop three, on the driving tour of Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Dover, TN
County: Stewart
Coordinates: N 36° 29.58    W 087° 51.451
  36.493    -87.85751666
Waymark: None


In February 1862 Capt. Peter K. Stankiewicz commanded a battery of one 8-inch howitzer and two 9-pounder iron guns at this location. This battery helped defend against Union Gen. C.F. Smith's attack on Confederate Gen. Simon Buckner's position about ½-mile in front of you on February 15. The cannon here is an original iron gun mounted on a reproduction carriage.

Artillery was essential for both Confederate and Union armies, supporting infantry and cavalry by terrorizing and demoralizing enemy troops. Confederates placed artillery in Fort Donelson and around the town of Dover in an attempt to control the Cumberland River and prevent a Federal invasion of Tennessee.

Photographs of Confederate artillery are rare, and none of Stankiewicz's Battery is known to exist. This one of the Palmetto Battery was taken near Charleston, South Carolina, in 1863.

Erected by Fort Donelson National Battlefield - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.


More information:
Wikipedia: Battle of Fort Donelson
NPS: Fort Donelson
NPS: Fort Donelson - Battle Summary