The Doomed Assault Historical

The Doomed Assault Historical (HM1VDT)

Location: Ironton, MO 63650 Iron County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 37.231', W 90° 38.402'

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Sept. 27, Afternoon

1. While the Confederates deploy, they put two cannons on Shepherd Mountain and open fire. Accurate return fire puts both cannons out of action.

2. Maj. Gen. John S. Marmaduke's Missouri division streams down Shepherd Mountain. Rifle and artillery fire breaks its ranks. The men seek shelter in a creek bed.

3. Col. Thomas McCray's and Col. William F. Slemmons' brigades of Brig. Gen. James F. Fagan's Arkansas division charge across Pilot Knob Mountain. They overwhelm the Federal cavalry, then rush for Fort Davidson. They, too, are driven to shelter.

4. Col. Archibald Dobbin's Arkansas brigade threatens the fort from the rear. Federals from the north rifle pit charge out and drive them off.

5. Brig. Gen. William L. Cabell's brigade of Fagan's division advances up the gap. They reach the fort in spite of intense fire and enter the moat. Exploding hand grenades drive them out. Every attack fails. By night, some 1,000 Confederates lie dead or wounded. More than 200 Federals are casualties.

6. After midnight, Brig. Gen. Thomas Ewing evacuates the fort. His men march north between sleeping Confederate camps. At 3:30 a.m., volunteers blow up the fort's powder magazine. Maj. Gen. Sterling Price does not investigate until daylight.
Placed ByMissouri State Parks
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Date Added Friday, October 28th, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 708277 N 4166331
Decimal Degrees37.62051667, -90.64003333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 37.231', W 90° 38.402'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 37' 13.86" N, 90° 38' 24.12" W
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Area Code(s)573
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 305 Old Hwy 21, Ironton MO 63650, US
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