Tag: Fort Henry

Situated on the Tennessee River in upper Middle Tennessee, Fort Henry was constructed in 1861. During the Civil War, its capture on February 6, 1862, provided a significant early victory for the Union during the Civil War and opened the Tennessee River to Union movement beyond the Alabama state line. Union General Ulysses S. Grant had planned a ground assault against Fort Henry while gunboats of the Union Navy shelled the fort from the river. However, the Confederates surrendered Fort Henry prior to the commencement of the land assault. From Fort Henry, Grant marched to Fort Donelson on the Cumberland River.

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Taking Forts Henry and Donelson: Turning Point in the Rebel West

Ulysses S. Grant smashed Forts Henry and Donelson in Kentucky, became the Union’s premier commander,…

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Civil War Artillery

Civil War mortars were the feared precision artillery weapon of the Victorian Age.

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Battle of Belmont: Ulysses S. Grant’s First Battle

Even before Fort Donelson, Ulysses S. Grant showed himself bold and aggressive at the Battle…

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American Civil War Timeline – 1862: Chipping Away at the South

This American Civil War timeline covers the events of 1862, in which Confederate forces in…

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Union General John Pope: Cracking Island No. 10

John Pope used geography, intelligence, engineering, and sweat—with a big dose of courage from the…