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Fort Pickering

Riverside Drive, Memphis, TN , USA

Latitude & Longitude: 35° 7' 51.08754", -90° 4' 1.089804"
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A fort named for Timothy Pickering, U.S. Sec. of State, stood near here 1799-1814. Zachary Taylor was a commandant. Here in 1801 the U.S. signed with the Chickasaws and Choctaws the treaty opening the Natchez Trace. In the 1850s a town of Ft. Pickering was organized, but soon merged with Memphis. After the fall of the city in June 1862, Federal forces built a large fort also named Pickering, reaching south from Vance Ave. to include DeSoto Park. Part of Ashburn-Coppock Park was in the inner keep.

Around 1800, near the current site of the Memphis-Arkansas Bridge, Capt. Zebulon Pike established this U.S. Army fort, named for Secretary of War Timothy Pickering. It remained as an Indian trading post until the end of the War of 1812. During the Civil War, the Union Army constructed a large earthw.ork fort with the same name, stretching along the bluffs from Beale Street to DeSoto Park.

Last updated: 2/14/2015 15:17:00
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