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Historic Fort D
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NameHistoric Fort D
Address920 Fort Street
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Brief DescriptionCivil War Site
TypeAttraction
CategoryHistoric Site
DescriptionIn the summer of 1861 at the beginning of the Civil War, four Forts were built around the strategic city of Cape Girardeau on the orders of General John Frèmont. Designed by German-American engineers from St. Louis, the Forts were built by soldiers of the 20th Illinois Infantry, Bissell's Engineers of the West and local militia under the direction of Illinois Lt. John Wesley Powell, who would later gain fame as the explorer of the Grand Canyon, was detached from his regiment by the new general, Ulysses S. Grant, in order to raise a local company to man the Forts. This Powell did, and his new Battery F served the Forts until leaving for the Battle of Shiloh. Fort D featured as many as five cannons, the largest of which could fire a 32-pound cannon ball. The Fort was manned throughout the Civil War. Of the four earthen Forts only Fort D still exists, an intact survivor thanks to civic action in the 1930's. Today owned by the city, Fort D is located at 920 Fort Street, just 4 blocks south of the intersection of Missouri Rte. 74 and Sprigg Street in Cape Girardeau, west of the Mississippi River Bridge. The Fort grounds, featuring interpretive signage are open free to the public dawn to dusk. For more information visit www.visitcape.com. or to schedule group tours call the Convention and Visitors Bureau 1-800-777-0068.
Phone 1(800) 777-0068
Emailinfo@visitcape.com
Handicapped AccessibleYes
Time Allowance1 hour
Websitewww.visitcape.com
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Last Updated2/15/2016
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