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Why so significant? Former Fort Donelson National Battlefield Park Ranger Buzz Bazar will share with you why this battle was a game changing one.
Courtesy of our friends at C-Span.
You can watch the video here...
On February 11, 2012, Professor Kendall Gott, author of Where the South Lost the War: An Analysis of the Fort Henry, Fort Donelson Campaign visited the park and shared his thoughts on the significance of this campaign. You can watch the video of this presentation here, courtesy of our friends at C-Span.
Near the end of his life, in search for financial security for his family, former President Ulysses S. Grant wrote his memoirs. Often considered a classic, and among the best of American writings, you can read Grant's Memoirs here.
Major John H. Brinton was an essential part of the Fort Henry and Fort Donelson campaign. Dr. Brinton was responsible for the establishment of field hospitals and the care of the wounded during the Battle of Fort Donelson. His memoir provides a most unique insight into the thoughts of his superior,Ulysses S. Grant.The Personal Memoirs of John H. Brinton, Civil War Surgeon, 1861-1865, can be read here.
No study of the American Civil War is complete without visiting the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Often, and affectionately, known as the "ORs," these records included official reports, orders, maps, and so forth. The process of compiling the ORs began before the end of the War. It took many years, however, for them to be printed, finally being published between 1881 and 1901. The Fort Henry and Fort Donelson campaign of 1862 can be found in Series I, Volume 7...a digital copy of which can be found here.
Did You Know?
Lew Wallace served on the military tribunal of Lincoln's assassins after the war and was president of the court martial that convicted Henry Wirz, Confederate commandant of Andersonville Prison.