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The Daily Dispatch: February 15, 1862., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 1 1 Browse Search
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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Henry, Fort (search)
, 12 miles distant, on the Cumberland River; and only the commander and less than 100 men remained in the fort to surrender to Foote. Grant and the land troops did not arrive until after the surrender, when the fort was turned over to him. The Nationals lost two killed and thirty-eight wounded. Of the latter, twenty-nine were wounded and scalded on the gunboat Essex by steam let out of the boilers by the piercing of a 32-pound shell. As it passed it took off a portion of the head of Lieut. S. B. Britton, the aide of Captain Porter, of the Essex. This victory was a very important one. The Nationals were now fairly planted in the rear of the Confederates at Columbus, Ky.; and if they should capture Fort Donelson, on the Cumberland, the Confederates believed their cause would be ruined in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Missouri. The first great step towards the capture of Fort Donelson had been taken. Halleck telegraphed to McClellan, Fort Henry is Map of Fort Henry. ours! The flag o
stant, they continued, with their bows on, straight for the fort, every movement indicating a fixed, unchangeable determination to run straight to the rebel batteries. As soon as the three rear boats — Conestoga, Lexington, and Tyler — reached the head of the island, they opened with their heaviest guns, throwing shell over the other boats. About fifty minutes after the engagement commenced, a forty-two pound shot struck the Essex just above the port, on her port bow, killing instantly S. B. Britton, Master's Mate, cutting his head completely off — passing through the bulwark, and stove in one of the flues of the starboard boiler. The boat was instantly filled with steam, The pilots — March Ford, of Pittsburgh, and James McBride, of Cincinnati — were scalded so that they died instantly. Ford was found with one hand on the wheel and the other on the bellrope. Twenty-six of the officers and men were killed and wounded, but one by shot. The Essex, being completely disabled,