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Henry-Donelson Campaign Timeline (February 6th - 16th, 1862)


General Grant secured a much-needed early victory for the North during February of 1862 with the taking of both Fort Henry and Fort Donelson in Tennessee.

Grant recorded his earliest victories of the war in the taking of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson in Tennessee during February of 1862. Arriving with his forces from Cairo, Illinois upriver, he split his elements into two brigades to operate along both banks of the Tennessee River. Fort Heiman, which sat on the west bank, had been abandoned by the Confederates and was easily taken.

A combined naval and land action then resulted in the fall of Fort Henry. Turning eastward, Grant marched an advanced force towards Fort Donelson on the Cumberland River. Early, unauthorized attacks by Grant's generals were easily repelled by the dug-in troops. A navy action by Flag Officer Foote was also pushed aside thanks to heavy and accurate gun fire by Confederate artillery at the fort. With the arrival of additional troops, Grant now held the numerical advantage and took the fort in full. The victories in Tennesse by Grant were much-needed and well-celebrated in the North as the general began to make a name for himself in the field.

The fall of both forts hurt the Confederate defense in the West dearly and marked a turning point in the warly phases of the war as morale in the North was elevated even if for just a short period.

There are a total of (15) Henry-Donelson Campaign Timeline (February 6th - 16th, 1862) events in the CivilWarTimeline.net database. Entries are listed below by date-of-occurrence ascending (first-to-last). Other leading and trailing events are also included for perspective.


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Union Command: General Ulysses S. Grant
Union Army: Army of the Tennessee; Western Flotilla
Union Strength: 15,000
Union Casualties: 40

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Confederate Command: General Lloyd Tilghman
Confederate Army: Army of Central Kentucky
Confederate Strength: 3,200
Confederate Casualties: 79
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