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“Neat bit of history”

Fort D Historic Site
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Owner description: This is a small city park unit that is the only Civil War defensive fort still remaining for the city of Cape Girardeau.
Reviewed March 5, 2012

Not much there but a nice setting overlooking the river.

Thank Christopher S
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Reviewed July 26, 2011

This very disappointing site was earthworks from the original fort and a replica of the powder house in the center that was a glorified storage building. John Wesley Powell deserves better. There was no visitors center or parking for visitors. The grounds were not well kept (overgrown weeds and trash), and the plaques contained minimal information. If we had known, we would have forgone this trip.

Thank Cavernlover
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Reviewed May 26, 2010

Fort D was one of several defensive Union army positions around the town of Cape Girardeau, in the early part of the Civil War. The defenses were never tested in battle. Today Fort D is the only remaining part of this defense line.

As an earthwork fort, this site is well preservered. What is nice here are the various plaques around the fort telling about life inside. For example, the soliders had bowling games, using cannonballs as bowling balls. Also, the soldiers made fake cannon out of logs to fool any ememy spies from a distance into thinking the fort had more guns than it did. A replica of this type of cannon is on display inside the park.

The stone structure in the middle of the fort was not part of the original setup. It was built in 1936 by the WPA as a public use building. Normally this structure is closed while visting.

Fort D is hard to find. It is, however, on most tourist maps printed by the city. You go south on Sprigg Street, on the west side of downtown Cape, until you come to Locust Street, south of the Shawnee Parkway and Mississippi River bridge. Turn left (east) and you'll see the fort momentarily. There's no admission.

Fort D is a bit of history if you have the time while in Cape. It is mainly for Civl War buffs, however.

Thank DyersburgTraveler
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