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Civil War Lecture: Capture of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson

February 9, 2019 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM EST

Capture of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson

Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center

Lecture begins at 2:30 PM

Civil War lectures are free with Museum admission, but reserving a seat is suggested as seating is limited. Reserve seats below.

Brigadier General U.S. Grant seized the strategic initiative when he organized the capture of Fort Henry on the Tennessee River, and then Fort Donelson on the Cumberland River. Fort Henry’s poor design and the arrival of Flag Officer Andrew Hull Foote’s Union ironclad squadron’s bombardment forced the fort to quickly surrender. Fort Donelson, however, was a very well-designed fortification with a well-positioned water battery. The Confederates were able to damage and defeat Foote’s fleet. Nevertheless, Grant was able to force the fort to capitulate due to poor Confederate leadership. This forced the Confederates to abandon Nashville, Tennessee, and earned the Union leader the nickname, ‘Unconditional Surrender Grant.’


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February 9, 2019
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM EST


The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
(757) 596-2222