Tag Archives: Battle of Fort Donelson

The 44th Indiana Gets Its Colors

One of the regiments seeing its first action at Fort Donelson was the 44th Indiana. Part of Lew Wallace’s division, the 44th was recruited from northeast Indiana and coalesced at Fort Wayne. Under Colonel Hugh Reed, the 44th left Fort … Continue reading

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Attrition Rates of City-Class Ironclads

Perhaps nothing is more identifiable with the Mississippi River valley’s naval campaigns as the city-class ironclads. With February 2022 marking the 160th anniversary of the Fort Henry/Fort Donelson campaign, where these ironclads were first extensively used, it is worth collectively … Continue reading

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Fallen Leaders: Admiral Andrew H. Foote – Another Farragut?

February 6, 1862, midday: Advance cavalry elements of Brig. Gen. U. S. Grant’s 17,000-man force broke from the woods fronting the Confederate fort they intended to attack and were startled to observe the Stars and Stripes flying from the flagpole. … Continue reading

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George Washington Rains & The Union Gunboats at Fort Donelson

Ted Savas shares some of his research and historic documentation! Another piece of the puzzle fell into place for me as I continue working daily on my book tentatively titled: The Other Side of the Civil War: George Washington Rains, … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 2/15-2/21/21

Historian Jack Hurst has called Fort Donelson (underway on this date in 1862) “the campaign that decided the war.” Do you agree or not? Why?

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Question of the Week: 2/8-2/14/21

In your opinion, what was the most important outcome of the military actions and surrenders at Forts Henry and Donelson in February 1862?

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Space, “Western Theater” not the Final Frontier

(Editor’s Note: The ECW YouTube page will feature videos from Phill’s trip over the next few weeks, kicked off by this discussion, which is also available as an ECW Podcast.) Recently, I had the opportunity to visit a few battlefields … Continue reading

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Ulysses S. Grant: Clausewitz’s Military Genius

ECW welcomes back guest author Nathan Provost The term “military genius” is often a label for an officer with high intelligence or the successful application of military theory in warfare. All too often, academic and public historians cite Grant as … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 2/4-2/10/19

The capture of Forts Henry and Donelson by a combined Union army and naval force in February 1862 opened a military path in the western theater and scored a morale victory for the north. In your opinion, what would have … Continue reading

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A Father’s Legacy: Simon Bolivar Buckner Sr. and Jr.

On January 8, 1914, Simon Bolivar Buckner died. He was the last surviving Confederate lieutenant general, and was buried in Frankfort, Kentucky’s cemetery with considerable ceremony. Born in 1823, in Munfordville, Kentucky, he was named in honor of Simon Bolivar, … Continue reading

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