Historic Markers Across Tennessee

U.S. Gunboat Louisville

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: Fort Donelson Tour Stop 4 (River Batteries), Dover, TN
County: Stewart
Coordinates: N 36° 29.715    W 087° 51.419
  36.49525    -87.85698333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


U.S. Gunboat Louisville
February 14 1862

A solid shot from the 10-inch Confederate Columbiad onshore crashed through the Louisville's bow porthole. That one ball killed three men. Blood and brains splattered Commander Benjamin Dove, the Louisville's captain. Dove calmly wiped the gore from his face, and continued his duties as if nothing had happened.

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