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Why Fort Henry was surrendered. --The Nashville Union and American says that the surrender of Fort Henry, under the circumstances, was inevitable, because of the high water of the Tennessee river, which was running almost into the fort, and threatening hourly to inundate it, thus making it a "slaughter pen" for the shells of the enemy, whose boats could take a position to completely command it. The location of this fort was unfortunately made during the period of Kentucky neutrality, when
obably be brought against it by the enemy by water, the Lincoln Government not having then devised the system of iron clad gun fleets which it has since adopted.
The proper location for our fort ought to have been on the "Narrows," between the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers, where the two rivers approach each other in their winding courses at a distance of only three miles, the intervening tongue of land being elevated and commanding both rivers.
The considerations we have mentioned prevente