The Moat Historical

The Moat Historical (HM1VDZ)

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

N 37° 37.204', W 90° 38.397'

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A dry moat surrounded Fort Davidson and all sides. During the third and final desperate Confederate assault, Arkansas troops of Gen. William Cabell's brigade fought their way into the dry moat and prepared to climb the wall. Hand grenades were brought from the powder magazine to drive them out.

"... we rushed back to the banquette with the grenades and passed them to the men in front, with orders to throw them into the ditch. Pandemonium instantly broke loose ... men were blown above the parapet and fell back dead; the ditches were cleared as if by magic. It struck terror to the enemy's lines, and they fell back in disorder ..."
- Capt. William J. Campbell, 14th Iowa Volunteer Infantry

Confederate officers blamed the failure of the assault on the depth of the moat and the steepness of the fort walls.
Placed ByMissouri State Parks
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Date Added Friday, October 28th, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 708285 N 4166281
Decimal Degrees37.62006667, -90.63995000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 37.204', W 90° 38.397'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 37' 12.24" N, 90° 38' 23.82" W
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Area Code(s)573
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 402 Old Hwy 21, Ironton MO 63650, US
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