Our ironclads and gunboats knocked the fort to pieces

Our ironclads and gunboats knocked the fort to pieces (HM21J8)

Location: Gillett, AR 72055 Arkansas County
Country: United States of America
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N 34° 1.179', W 91° 20.694'

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David D. Porter, rear admiral

You wouldn't have got us had it not been for your damned gunboats.
John Dunnington, colonel, chief of ordnance

Fort Hindman's cannon fired at the nine gunboats
bearing down on them. Confederate gunners had not
practiced firing at such short range. Many shells missed
or bounced off the gunboats' metal armor coated with
greasy tallow. The Union boats held their fire until
within 100 feet of the fort, then aimed right into the
mouths of the fort's cannon. "The roar of the cannon
was awful...it shook the ground for miles." "The [fort's]
big square logs flew as if they were fence rails." Soon the
fort's guns were shattered. Union gunships continued
firing into the enemy line. Three Union gunboats slipped
past the demolished fort, blocking the only escape route.
The surrounded Confederates surrendered. Here, the
Union clearly demonstrated the overwhelming naval
power that helped it control the western rivers.
HM NumberHM21J8
Placed ByDepartment of the Interior, National Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 7th, 2017 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 652817 N 3765569
Decimal Degrees34.01965000, -91.34490000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 1.179', W 91° 20.694'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 1' 10.74" N, 91° 20' 41.64" W
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Area Code(s)870
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1623B Old Post Rd, Gillett AR 72055, US
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