Fact or fiction? Fort D myths and legends

By SHSMO–Cape Girardeau Associate Director Bill Eddleman

Among the great stories about Fort D that are true is this account of using cannon balls as bowling balls to combat boredom. Photo courtesy Bill Eddleman.

Southeast Missourian—Myths and legends can prevent telling the full story of a historic site. This is the case with Fort D, Cape Girardeau's sole remaining Civil War fort, and Missouri's only surviving urban fort.

John Wesley Powell, second lieutenant, 20th Illinois Volunteers, and later captain on Gen. Grant's staff, designed and...

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