Where the South Lost the War: An Analysis of the Fort Henry-Fort Donelson Campaign, February 1862

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Stackpole Books, 2003 - History - 346 pages
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  • Selected as Honorable Mention for the 2004 Albert Castel Book Award

    With the collapse of the Confederate defenses at Forts Henry and Donelson on the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers, the entire Tennessee Valley was open to Union invasion and control. These Northern victories set up the 1864 Atlanta Campaign that cut the Confederacy in two. Had Confederate planning and leadership been better, no one can say what difference it might have made to the Civil War in the West and the outcome of the war itself.

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    Contents

    From Plowshares to Swords MarchAugust 1861
    1
    Gunboats on Western Waters 1861
    21
    Autumn of Blunders SeptemberDecember 1861
    35
    Prelude to Battle January 1862
    59
    The Battle of Fort Henry February 26 1862
    75
    The Tennessee River Raid February 612 1862
    107
    The Gathering of the Hosts February 711 1862
    115
    First Contact Tuesday February 12 1862
    143
    Opening Round Wednesday February 13 1862
    157
    The Vise Tightens Thursday February 14 1862
    171
    The Confederate Attack Saturday Morning February 15 1862
    191
    The Afternoon of Decision Saturday February 15 1862
    219
    A Disgraceful Surrender Sunday February 16 1862
    251
    The Final Analysis
    271
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    Kendall D. Gott is a military historian for the Combat Studies Institute at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is the author of several articles and studies on American military history, including the book In Glory's Shadow: The 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment during the Persian Gulf War, 1990-1991.

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