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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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Forts: Fort Henry Today

U.S 79 runs east from the Tennessee River to Dover, Tennessee, and marks the southern border of the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. The lakes are actually stretches of the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers, dammed up by the … Continue reading

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Forts: Capturing “The Rebel Fort Henry on the Tennessee River”

On February 6, 1862, Fort Henry on the Tennessee River surrendered after Union attack. It was a much-needed victory for the Union cause and newspapers rapidly picked up the accounts. I found this account from the February 8th edition of … 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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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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A Conversation with Dave Roth (part five)

(The final part of a five-part series) “I have a couple more favorite issues I can share if you’d like,” Dave Roth said when I wrapped up yesterday’s segment of my interview with the editor and publisher of Blue & … Continue reading

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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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The Rebirth of the Army of the Potomac (part one)

Part one of a series. Introduction “By direction of the President of the United States, the commanding general this day transfers the command of this army to Maj. Gen Joseph Hooker…give to the brave and skillful general who has so … Continue reading

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