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Civil War Trust

Campaign of Fort Donelson
(Friday and Saturday)

Historians: James Vaughan (Friday and Saturday)/
Greg Biggs (Saturday)

Description: Join Greg Biggs and retired LTC James Vaughan for a tour of the crucial Fort Henry-Donelson Campaign of February 1862. This campaign brought the rise of Union General Ulysses S. Grant and opened up the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers culminating with the capture of the first Confederate capital to fall - Nashville. Grant's planning and cooperation with the U.S. Navy brought about the surrender of about 13,000 Confederate troops and a key victory for the Union at a time when such victories were scarce. Our tour will visit the site of Fort Henry and some of its outer works; where Nathan Bedford Forrest's cavalry regiment took on John McClernand's Union division; where the Union ironclads took on the Confederate water battery; Union General C.F. Smith's attack; Dudley's Hill, site of the Confederate breakout attack (and property saved by the Civil War Trust) as well as the fighting along Wynn's Ferry Road. The tour will end at the Surrender House where CS General Simon Buckner surrendered to Grant as well as Forrest's escape site. A stop at the Fort Donelson National battlefield Visitors Center is also included.

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