- Man shot by police ID'd; witness shares his side of story (2/17/17)31
- Settlement reached in accidental shooting case at Kelly High (2/15/17)10
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Jackson board votes to demolish high school building if bond issue passes (2/15/17)24
- Cape officer shoots man inside a home (2/16/17)7
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)4
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Former Cape cop indicted on possessing child porn (2/17/17)
- Man dies after being shot by officer; said to have come at cop with knife (2/16/17)29
- Ray's of Kelso to close, then reopen under new ownership (2/16/17)6
Saving Fort D
One of the most under-recognized historical sites in Cape Girardeau is getting some much-needed attention. If volunteer history buffs are successful, Fort D will become a Civil War interpretive center in time for the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.
Fort D is one of three surviving earthwork Civil War forts in Missouri. It is just east of Sprigg Street in south Cape Girardeau near the former Alma Schrader Elementary School. A stone building in the center of the fort was built long after the Civil War, but it has taken on historical significance of its own.
Members of the Civil War Roundtable, a group that delves seriously into the history of the Civil War era, have begun to clean up the 3-acre Fort D site. The group estimates it will take another $60,000 or more to turn the fort into a first-rate tourist attraction.
The fort was part of a four-fort protection arrangement for Cape Girardeau. The other forts were known as A, B and C. One of them was on the hill where Academic Hall now stands on the Southeast Missouri State University campus. Another was on the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River at the dead end of what is now Bellevue Street.
Aside from some bronze markers put up by the Rotary Club of Cape Girardeau many years ago, there is little to tell residents or visitors of the important role the city played during the Civil War.
Hats off to those who recognize both the need to preserve an important part of our past and the attraction history has on tourism.