Stankiewicz's Battery

Stankiewicz's Battery (HMPL6)

Location: Dover, TN 37058 Stewart County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 29.58', W 87° 51.451'

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In February 1862 Capt. Peter K. Stankiewicz commanded a battery of one 8-inch howitzer and two 9-pounder iron guns at this location. This battery helped defend against Union Gen. C.F. Smith's attack on Confederate Gen. Simon Buckner's position about ½-mile in front of you on February 15. The cannon here is an original iron gun mounted on a reproduction carriage.

Artillery was essential for both Confederate and Union armies, supporting infantry and cavalry by terrorizing and demoralizing enemy troops. Confederates placed artillery in Fort Donelson and around the town of Dover in an attempt to control the Cumberland River and prevent a Federal invasion of Tennessee.

Photographs of Confederate artillery are rare, and none of Stankiewicz's Battery is known to exist. This one of the Palmetto Battery was taken near Charleston, South Carolina, in 1863.
HM NumberHMPL6
Placed ByFort Donelson National Battlefield - National Park Service - Department of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 12:09am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 423197 N 4038973
Decimal Degrees36.49300000, -87.85751667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 29.58', W 87° 51.451'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 29' 34.80" N, 87° 51' 27.06" W
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Area Code(s)931
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4774 Lock D Rd, Dover TN 37058, US
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