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Civil War Trust

Hallowed Ground: Winter 2011

Featured Online Articles

This quarterly issue of the Civil War Trust's membership magazine visits the river operations and battles at Fort Donelson and Fort Henry, with feature articles by historians James R. Knight and Benjamin Franklin Cooling. To see all online articles from past issues of the membership magazine, visit the Back Issue Index »

Fort Donelson LOC

Nothing but God Almighty Can Save that Fort

James R. Knight.

James R. Knight traces Ulysses S. Grant’s path from obscure commander to household name in the Winter of 1862, with Fort Donelson's path to unconditional and immediate surrender.Read the article »

Explosion at Fort Henry

The Fall of Fort Henry

Inside Fort Henry in 1862, 2,800 Confederates under Brig. Gen. Lloyd Tilghman were poorly armed – many of them with flintlock rifles dating from the War of 1812 – and the inclement weather had left many ill.Read the article »

USS St. Louis

Building a Brown Water Navy

The Union's "brown water navy" was a colloquial term used to differentiate between those vessels that operated on the interior rivers and those present on the more open, "blue water" seas.Read the article »

USS Lexington

Early River Operations

Naval operations on rivers demonstrated a variety of uses as early as 1861.Read the article »

Forts Henry and Donelson

A War Anything but Civil

Benjamin Franklin Cooling

Benjamin Franklin Cooling explores the far-reaching repercussions of the Twin Rivers Campaign and legacies of Forts Henry and Donelson.Read the article »

Fort Donelson

Anatomy of River Defenses

The site selections for Forts Henry and Donelson were driven as much by political considerations as military strategy.Read the article »

Ulysses Grant

The Rise, Fall & Resurgence of Ulysses Grant

This article chronicles Grant's quick promotion, rumors of excessive alcohol consumption, temporary suspension, and reputation as a man of action.Read the article »

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