Fort A Site – Cape Girardeau, Missouri - Atlas Obscura

Fort A Site

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

This former Union fort commands a fine view of downtown Cape Girardeau and the Mississippi River.  


During the Civil War, Cape Girardeau was occupied by Union troops under the command of General Ulysses S. Grant. This site was once the home of Fort A, one of the Union’s facilities used as a supply base and defensive structure against the Confederacy. The fort was guarded by a few massive siege cannons, one of which is still on display.

Today, the Fort A site is a must-see when visiting downtown Cape Girardeau. The town was also utilized as a supply base for the troops. The location offers a spectacular views of the Mississippi River and downtown Cape Girardeau. The top of the bluff is the perfect location to relax and take in the scenes of the town below. 

A few other interesting places in Cape Girardeau include Port Cape Girardeau Restaurant, the Missouri Wall of Fame, Fort D, and the Glenn House to name a few. 

Know Before You Go

Parking is limited to 15 minutes. Behind the black fence is private property, please respect the neighbors and those who make this place possible. 

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