Tag Archives: Fort Donelson

Kentucky’s Governor Fought and Fell at Shiloh

On February 8, 1862, Confederate generals Albert Sidney Johnston, P.G.T. Beauregard, and William Hardee conferred on the most recent turn of events in the Western Theater at Beauregard’s Bowling Green, Kentucky, headquarters. Fort Henry fell to Union forces two days … Continue reading

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Forts: The War Department Tablets of Fort Donelson

Just in time for the 160th anniversary of the battle, Darryl R. Smith, owner of Walking With History tours, has released a new study, The War Department Tablets of Fort Donelson National Battlefield. Darryl admits, “the book is rather niche … Continue reading

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Western Swing 2021: Day 01

The American Battlefield Trust invited me to tag along on a multi-day swing through a whole bunch of battlefields in west Tennessee and northern Mississippi last week. Today, our adventures started rolling out on the Trust’s Facebook page. Join me, … Continue reading

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Being Grant: Now and Then (part two)

ECW is pleased to welcome back our friend, Dr. Curt Fields. Curt is nationally known for his acclaimed portrayal of Ulysses S. Grant. This week, he reflects on some of the highlights of his career thus far. (part two of … Continue reading

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The Electric Effect of Donelson—Good and Bad

“The effect was electrical,” wrote Charles Dana, describing the fall of Fort Donelson along the Cumberland River in February 16, 1862. “It was the first significant victory over the rebellion, and it filled the country as well as the army … Continue reading

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The Fall of Fort Henry and the Changing of Confederate Strategy

Fort Donelson has “Unconditional Surrender” Grant. It has an early morning Confederate attack, a breakout by Nathan Bedford Forrest and, in short, the stuff that makes good history. But from this outsider’s perspective looking in on the Western Theater, I … Continue reading

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The Mississippi River Squadron and the “Great Artery of America” (Part 1)

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Kristen M. Pawlak On June 10, 1862, mere months before the Army of the Tennessee launched its initial operations against the Confederate fortress at Vicksburg, Mississippi, newly-promoted Major General William T. Sherman penned … Continue reading

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General Grant Loses a Resourceful Subordinate, Mentor, Role Model, and Friend

“During the war father was saddened often over the death of many who had been associates either at West Point or in the army,” Frederick Dent Grant wrote in 1899, “but I think his greatest grief, and perhaps his greatest … Continue reading

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Preservation Opportunity in the Western Theater

Our friends at the Civil War Trust sent along this announcement and opportunity to preserve more battlefield ground in the Western Theater. Continue reading for more information about this opportunity and how you can get involved.

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Question of the Week: 2/20-2/26/17

In February 1862 – Forts Henry and Donelson fell to combined Union land and river attack forces, resulting in a major victory for the Union. Which commander – Union or Confederate – is most interesting to you during the Henry/Donelson campaign? Why?

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