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The Capture of Fort Henry, Tennessee February 1862

In the fall of 1861, Captain Jesse Taylor accepted command of the artillery at Fort Henry, a Confederate garrison on the Tennessee River near the Kentucky–Tennessee border. The Tennessee flows from eastern Tennessee southwest into...

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The Battle of Sabine Pass September 1863

After the fall of Confederate strongholds at Vicksburg. Mississippi and Port Hudson, Louisiana in July 1863, the Union commander of the Department of the Gulf, Major General Nathaniel Banks, proposed that his forces attack...

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The Sinking and Raising of the U.S.S. Cairo

From the very beginning of the Civil War, both sides understood the importance of control of the Mississippi River.   To that end, the United States government built gunboats specifically designed for military operations in...