Skipwith Crevasse/Sara Cutoff/Island No. 89

Skipwith Crevasse/Sara Cutoff/Island No. 89 (HM26FJ)

Location: Memphis, TN 38103 Shelby County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 8.968', W 90° 3.507'

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A. Skipwith Crevasse
Mile 499.4 AHP

When the levee at Skipwith Plantation broke in the flood of 1913, the water poured slowly through the break. Couriers on horseback were able to alert the residents of the Mississippi-Yazoo Delta, and no lives were lost. Just inside the levee, the river's rushing current dug a deep 100-acre hole.

B. Sara Cutoff
Mile 505.0 AHPM

The Corps of Engineers opened Sarah Cutoff in 1936, removing Louisiana Bend from the river. Louisiana Bend was itself the result of a much earlier artificial cutoff. In 1929 Henry Shreve, a pioneer of navigation improvement, dredged a channel to cut off Bunch's Bend. This bend had been the lair of a band of river pirates led by the infamous Captain Bunch. With a fleet of armed boats, Bunch and his men looted hundreds of passing boats in the early 1800's

C. Island No. 89
Mile 506.5 AHP

Early Boatmen named the snag-filled channel behind Island No. 89 "General Hull's Left Leg." General William Hull was a hero of the American Revolution, but during the War of 1812, he fell into disgrace by surrendering to the fort at Detroit without a fight.
He was court-martialed and sentenced to the firing squad but the President intervened to save him. Island No.89 is now part of the Arkansas mainland. The connection between the old channel and the General's leg is unknown.
HM NumberHM26FJ
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Date Added Friday, March 30th, 2018 at 7:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 767972 N 3893580
Decimal Degrees35.14946667, -90.05845000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 8.968', W 90° 3.507'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 8' 58.08" N, 90° 3' 30.42" W
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Area Code(s)901
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 25 Riverside Dr, Memphis TN 38103, US
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