On February 14, 1862, the Confederate guns at Fort Donelson engaged with the guns of the Union "ironclads," exchanging what were nicknamed "iron valentines."
While watching the battle, Nathan Bedford Forrest was quoted as saying,"For God's sake, pray; nothing but God Almighty can save that fort!"
Although Ulysses Grant and Andrew H. Foote expected a repeat of their quick victory at Fort Henry a few days ago, they were denied a repeat of that victory at Fort Donelson. The Confederate guns won a decisive victory that day.
Meet a Park Ranger and learn more about what happened on the Cumberland River on this date 152 years ago.