Skip to comments.On this date in 1862
Posted on 02/16/2017 2:08:00 AM PST by Bull Snipe
General Buckner surrenders Fort Donelson and its Confederate defenders to General Grant.
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I always wondered how we could have possibly lost Fort Donelson.
I spent an afternoon at Fort Donelson "battlefield" - Confederates had a strong defensive position.
They were "outcoached".
There were those that got away.
The Confederacy, a great part of our history the left is trying to erase.
I can’t wait until the left is erased.
I propose to move immediately upon your works.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant.
Brigadier General, Commanding""
I have found online a photo of Buckner, Jr., with Lemuel Shepherd, Jr., taken during the battle of Okinawa. I have a photo of Lemuel Shepherd in 1954, when he was Commandant of the US Marine Corps, with my father. So there are four degrees of separation between myself and General Simon Bolivar Buckner, Sr.
On the bright side Sherman is still burning in Hell. :-)
He is supposed to have said that if he owned hell and Texas, he'd live in hell and rent out Texas.
Has anybody else seen that, and can you cite a reference?
First time I have read of a plan to invade Illinois. Bragg invaded Kentucky in June of 1862. The campaign ended in failure. Had Bragg been successful in Kentucky, then Southern Ohio and Southern Indiana might have been considered for further operations. With the Union holding a big portion of West and North Tennessee, Illinois would appear to be out of the question. JMO
Davis believed the Union would aim at the Tennessee and Mississippi rivers in its next campaign and hoped Johnston could concentrate enough force to counter such a campaign.
Additionally, Davis hoped a move by forces under Edmund Kirby Smith into eastern Tennessee would create a diversion.
**So here it comes**
A Confederate fleet was also gathering on the Mississippi River.
If the Union moved its gunboats up the Tennessee, it would give Johnston a chance to strike at Cairo, Illinois.
Davis correctly deduced the Union river campaigns, which were in some respects dictated by geography and logistics, but he was overly optimistic, indeed unrealistic, about the potential for a Confederate naval strike against Cairo."
Stoker, "Strategy and the US Civil War" (2010), p 116
So, it was not an invasion of Illinois Davis planned, so much as a naval raid on Cairo, which could mean Davis' plans were foiled less by Grant at Fort Donelson than by Union General John Pope's canal dig and assault on Mississippi Island No. 10 (Kentucky Bend) in April 1862.
Thanks, good info to know
And Bedford escaped
They are out to erase more than my peeps trust me
About 5,000 men also escaped.
Where are they today
We need em
I think a lot were Missouri and Kentucky
Soon to be known as orphan brigades
I live close to mcgavock cemetery where 100s are buried
They lost more than most in that war
There was no more South to go home to
My kin went home to a decimated southern homeland but it was still there
On an equally bright note jeff davis is right there with him shining Sherman’s boots. ;’}
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