FORT HENRY AND
After the disaster at First Bull Run, the advocates of the
Union were heartened over the first great victories of
Federal armies in the West. There Ulysses S. Grant, in a
campaign lasting from 2 to 16 February 1862, boldly
captured a Confederate force of some 12,000 men at Forts
Henry and Donelson guarding the Tennessee and
Cumberland Rivers respectively. The victory effectively
opened the waterways for a Federal invasion of the
Volunteer State, pierced the Tennessee-Kentucky line and
forced the Confederate forces under Albert Sidney
Johnston to fall back from Kentucky and most of
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Publication information: Book title: War on Two Fronts:Shiloh to Gettysburg. Contributors: John Cannan - Editor. Publisher: Combined Books. Place of publication: Conshohocken, PA. Publication year: 1994. Page number: Not available.
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