Shreveport, Louisiana: Fort Humbug, Log Cannon

The spot where some clever Confederates fooled a bunch of dumb Yankees, immortalized in a marker and a log cannon.
Address:
E. Stoner Ave., Shreveport, LA
Directions:
On the northeast corner of Hwy 1/N. Spring St. and E. Stoner Ave.
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Log cannon. Fort Humbug, Log Cannon

Fort Humbug was originally a Confederate fort named Fort Turnbull. The commander charred a bunch of logs and placed them along a hillside overlooking the Red River, hoping they would look like cannon. Rebel General McGruder said, "That's not going to work. That's a humbug" -- but it did, and the name stuck. Fort Humbug has that name to this day, and a Louisiana National Guard Unit is located there.

There is a mock log cannon and a historical marker at the entrance.

[Gerald D Massey, 07/07/2012]

Oh those gullible Yankees. With foes that dumb, it's surprising that the Rebs lost the war.

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