Historic Markers Across Tennessee

U.S. Gunboat Pittsburgh

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: Fort Donelson Tour Stop 4 (River Batteries), Dover, TN
County: Stewart
Coordinates: N 36° 29.72    W 087° 51.409
  36.49533333    -87.85681666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


U.S. Gunboat Pittsburgh
February 14 1862

"Still approaching with caution nearer and nearer to the fort, we continued firing shell, reducing the 15 second to the 5-second fuse until within 450 yards of the fort, up to which time, 4:15 p.m., we had expended 111 rounds... throwing 105 shells and 6 of grape..."
Lieutenant Egbert Thompson, U.S. Navy

Learning that the Pittsburgh was taking on water so fast that her pumps could not keep up, Thompson reversed engines. Sailors hauled the heavy bow cannon all the way back the stern—to keep the gunboat afloat.

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