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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book V:—the first winter. (search)
ort Henry there stood an unfinished work, the fire of which, when completed, would have crossed its own. Three thousand Confederates occupied the fort, under General Tilghman. Towards the middle of January, Grant and Foote proposed to Halleck to undertake the reduction of Forts Henry and Donelson by land and water at once. Butifficulties of the road, he had fixed the hour of departure for eleven o'clock in the morning, and thus missed the opportunity of taking part in the battle. General Tilghman, on his side, was aware of the danger which threatened him. The troops under his command were inexperienced and restless, and inspired him with no confidenceeir commander to give them an earlier start, did not wait for them to open his fire. He thought that in all probability this cannonading would occupy and detain Tilghman's troops until Grant could cut off their retreat. But the four iron-clads having approached within six hundred metres of the fort, they soon obtained a manifes