Monday, October 31, 2011

Fort Defiance, Illinois

From Aug. 21st WSIL Channel 3 News.

Spring floods have left the site, at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers in really bad shape. It is now overgrown.

During the Civil War, Fort Defiance, also called Camp Defiance, was very important strategically. U.S. Grant once commanded the place. In May 2011, the whole city of Cairo, Illinois, just to the north of the fort, was evacuated. Levees to the south of town were breached by the Army Corps of Engineers to save the place.

During the war, there were ironclads built 6 miles up the Mississippi at Mound City. These ironclads patrolled it.

A Forgotten Civil War Site? --Old B-R'er

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