Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Saturday, February 4, 2017

February 4, 1862: Troops Disembark below Fort Henry, Shots Exchanged

FEBRUARY 4TH, 1862:  Brigadier General Lloyd Tilgham, gallant defender of Fort Henry, informed General John B. Floyd:  "Gunboats and transports in Tennessee River.  Enemy landing in force five miles below Fort Henry."

After initiating the debarkation of troops below Fort Henry, Flag Officer Foote, in the USS Cincinnati, with General Grant on board, took the four ironclad gunboats that he had been able to man up the Tennessee for reconnoitering, and exchanged shots with the fort.

--Old B-Runner

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