Civil War Fortifications

Civil War Fortifications (HM13G5)

Location: Covington, KY 41011 Kenton County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 5.461', W 84° 30.493'

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(Side 1):
Reports of Kirby Smith's CSA troops approaching Cincinnati caused panic in September 1862. Gen. Lew Wallace led Union troops and volunteers from rural Ohio (known as "Squirrel Hunters")across Ohio River on a hastily constructed pontoon bridge made of coal barges. Marching south to Ky. hills, they fortified area at Newport, Covington, Forts Mitchell and Wright. Over.

(Side 2):
Some 50,000 guarded approaches to Cincinnati. After CSA Gen. Henry Heth tried this strong defensive line, the Rebel army retreated. Lew Wallace later wrote Ben Hur, published in 1880. Pontoon bridge was laid in shadows of stone piers of John Roebling Suspension Bridge, prototype of his Brooklyn Bridge.
HM NumberHM13G5
Placed ByLicking Riverside Civic Association and City of Covington
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 9:12pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 715505 N 4329832
Decimal Degrees39.09101667, -84.50821667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 5.461', W 84° 30.493'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 5' 27.66" N, 84° 30' 29.58" W
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Area Code(s)859
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 218-248 Riverside Dr, Covington KY 41011, US
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