The Civil WarThis view of the Mississippi River is from Fort A, one of the four forts constructed by Union forces in the summer of 1861. These forts, which encircled Cape Girardeau, provided protection from attack from either land or water. Fort A was on the bluff at the eastern end of Bellevue Street. Fort B encircled the Dittlinger home on the current site of Southeast Missouri State University's Kent Library. Fort C guarded the western and southern approaches to the city and blocked Confederate forces' access to the city via the Old Bloomfield road at the Old Fairgrounds (between Sprigg and Pacific on Good Hope). Fort D, the only surviving Civil War fort, still stands at Fort and Locust streets east of South Sprigg Street.
|Placed By||Mississippi River Tales, River Heritage Mural Association|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, August 31st, 2017 at 10:01am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 276869 N 4131694|
|Decimal Degrees||37.30513333, -89.51763333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 18.308', W 89° 31.058'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 18' 18.48" N, 89° 31' 3.48" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling North|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 100-198 N Water St, Cape Girardeau MO 63701, US|
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