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Confederate Park -- Memphis TN
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 35° 08.791 W 090° 03.261
15S E 768355 N 3893264
Quick Description: Memphis citizens watched the Federal and Confederate navies fight for control of the city in 1862 from the high bluffs that are now set aside as Confederate Park
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 3/25/2015 3:39:02 PM
Waymark Code: WMNJYB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Sneakin Deacon
Views: 2

Long Description:
Confederate Park in downtown Memphis is filled with Canon historic markers memorials and other vestiges of the Confederate history of this important southern city on the Mississippi River.

In 1862, when Confederate Navy and Union Navy fought for control of the city, Memphis citizens watched the battle unfold from these bluffs.

Today Confederate Park is a lovely bit of green space in downtown Memphis. it is listed as a Civil War Discovery Trail Site.

The Discovery Trail Site entry for Confederate Park reads as follows:

Confederate Park
51 N Front St, Memphis TN 38103
ROAD MAP
Thousands of civilians watched the naval Battle of Memphis from these bluffs above the Mississippi River on June 6, 1862. Shortly after the battle, Union soldiers occupied the city. A Confederate reunion, drawing more than 125,000 visitors was held here in 1901. The space became a public park in 1906. The park honors several Confederate figures."

A 1909 marker erected by the Confederate Dames gives a more in-depth and unreconstructed view of the Civil War in Memphis:

"CONFEDERATE HISTORY OF MEMPHIS

This bluff was fortified by Gen. Pillow May 1862.

Thirty-seven companies were equipped here for the Confederate service.

The Confederate ram, ARKANSAS, one of the first ironclad battleships in the Navy, was built and partially armored here, but, fearing capture, she was set down the river to be completed and was not ready for action at the time of the attack of the Federal fleet June 5, 1862.

The Confederate fleet of 8 boats protected only by cotton bales and carrying 18 guns gallantly resisted this attack of 6 armored gunboats, 4 rams, and 20 mortar boats carrying 84 guns. The engagement lasted 90 minutes, and was the first battle between steam rams in history.

At Don August 21, 1864, Gen. N. B. Forrest made his grand strategic raid into Memphis, which was then held by 6 Federal generals with 10,000 men; his object being to check the advance of the federal Army into Mississippi. Arriving here with only 1500 picked men, spent with 50 hours continuous marching, he sent this telegram, “Forrest holds Memphis,” to the Federal headquarters in Mississippi.

The Federal officers, taken by surprise, rushed from their bedrooms and secreted themselves throughout the city.
After spending two hours here, Forrest cut the wires and left the city, taking 500 prisoners and large quantities of supplies. His loss was only 9 killed and 25 wounded, while the enemy’s loss was 90 wounded and 30 killed.

Pres. Davis was a resident of this city for 9 years after his release from prison.

[Two Confederate Stars & Bars battle flags]
Palms for the Southern Soldier,
Crowns For The Veteran’s Head,
And Loyal Love And Honor
For Our Confederate Dead.

Erected by Confederate Dames
Tyler chapter
1909"
Type of site: Battlefield

Address:
51 N Front St
Memphis, TN


Admission Charged: No Charge

Website: [Web Link]

Driving Directions:
From I-40, turn R onto N Front Street and head south. From I-55, turn L onto S Front Street and head north.


Phone Number: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Post at least one photo of a Civil War related item or scene and post one Civil War Discovery you learned while visiting the waymark. The photo should have the coordinates of where it was taken if significantly different from the waymark's coordinates.
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