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OhioatPerryville

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  1. Visiting Fort Henry

    I am sure they do exist...most likely with LBL. I am working on another project at the moment, but after that has been completed I might dig into these old trails.
  2. Visiting Fort Henry

    I got this from the Park Service about the old Fort Henry interpretive trail: About the discarded signage on the Fort Henry trails, this was a Land Between the Lakes, 1970 interpretive systems that had audio stations along the trail. Unfortunately, it too shared the fate of the fort proper, with annual floods. Any current interpretive signs were installed by the US Forest Service, however, they were donated from our park to celebrate the Civil War Sesquicentennial.
  3. 2nd & 4th US Cavalry - Info?

    Does anyone have any info on the two U.S. Regular cavalry companies that were at Donelson? They only receive a mention in the order of battle in Tim Smith's book, no mention of them at all in Starr's cavalry trilogy, and Bradley's book on the U.S. Regulars in the west covers only infantry. Any info (commanders, unit strengths, after action reports, etc.) would be appreciated. I do not own the O.R. for the Henry-Donelson campaign, and I doubt if they receive any mention in the O.R. being that there were only two companies (according to the Blue & Gray 2011 issue).
  4. Hello from Ohio at Perryville

    Just dropping by to say hello and wishing everyone the best of holiday seasons! I host the Ohio at Perryville blog, lead tours there at Perryville on occasion, and also own Walking With History LLC. My Shiloh interests are focused on the Army of Ohio and those Confederate troops that are involved with the Kentucky Campaign. I hope to make my first journey to Shiloh in 2017...almost embarrassed to say that I have never visited the park or its environs! Darryl
  5. 2nd & 4th US Cavalry - Info?

    Thanks, all. I am definitely interested mostly in the US Regulars at Donelson, but any tidbit that helps fill in the story is helpful and much appreciated!
  6. I wrote up a bit of a blog post about my recent trip to the Donelson area in case folks are interested: http://ohioatperryville.blogspot.com/2017/02/heiman-henry-and-donelsonoh-my.html
  7. Recent Visit to Heiman, Henry, and Donleson

    It is a picture of one of the plastic replicas from the Upper Battery, and in this case is supposed to be a 32-pounder. I agree, must be more like a carronade than a gun, as the 32 pounders in the River Battery were much longer in barrel length, being guns.
  8. Visiting Fort Henry

    If you ever come up with anything, I would love to know more. Appears to me a great chance for LBL to recreate the trail, which in turn would mean more visitation, which in turn would mean more dollars spent potentially within LBL and the surrounding area.
  9. Recent Visit to Heiman, Henry, and Donleson

    We made it a point to check the stops mentioned (outside the park) in the 2011 Blue and Gray Magazine, and that terrain that Smith's boys moved across...aye yi yi! No wonder Smith saw skulkers. We also went to see that marker north of Hickman that was mentioned in the old B&G tour, but not the newer one. I hope to head back to the park and GPS and take a picture of every tablet, then map them for others to use.
  10. Recent Visit to Heiman, Henry, and Donleson

    Well, crap, I knew that, and have since corrected my faux pax! Thanks!!!
  11. Recent Visit to Heiman, Henry, and Donleson

    Ooops, replied on the wrong thread.
  12. Hello from Ohio at Perryville

    Excellent details, Ozzy!
  13. Visiting Fort Henry

    Got to Heiman for the first time, plus did some exploring around the Henry area. Pictures are on my Facebook profile for those who are on FB: https://www.facebook.com/buckeyedarryl/media_set?set=a.10155095656106474.1073741878.723601473&type=3 Did find an unusual old interpretive trail that has aluminum signs, a concrete stone with wires coming out, and some had posts next to them with a box with a push button. Must have been some sort of speaker system for each stop. Found some of these along existing trails, and others in the woods with no obvious trail nearby. The chap at FODO was not familiar with these. I would love to find out more if anyone has any ideas or whom I can contact.
  14. Visiting Fort Henry

    Got to Heiman for the first time, plus did some exploring around the Henry area. Pictures are on my Facebook profile for those who are on FB: https://www.facebook.com/buckeyedarryl/media_set?set=a.10155095656106474.1073741878.723601473&type=3 Did find an unusual old interpretive trail that has aluminum signs, a concrete stone with wires coming out, and some had posts next to them with a box with a push button. Must have been some sort of speaker system for each stop. Found some of these along existing trails, and others in the woods with no obvious trail nearby. The chap at FODO was not familiar with these. I would love to find out more if anyone has any ideas or whom I can contact.
  15. Hello from Ohio at Perryville

    Well, not a lot of info for you. While I did tour the park rather completely, not a lot of info on your specific questions. I can address that each link was less than 12 inches in length (closer to eight) and weighed 19-20 pounds. Those links are heavy, and the anchor alone was four tons in weight. They would have had to use some sort of floatation device(s), but then a line of buoys would have tipped off any Union force that something was strung across the river. In terms of closeness at Belmont, Grant's troops got close, within yards most likely, but I do not believe they were they to do anything to the chain. I have been skimming through Hughes' book, and not really seeing that as a goal. Sorry for the lack of info, but even if the museum was open, not sure how much any staff person there might have known if they did not have some sort of info on the chain inside.
  16. Battle Flags Carried by Bragg's Corps

    Not too go too far off topic, but in speaking with the site manager at Perryville, the only unit to fly what is commonly known as the battle flag was the 5th Company, Washington Artillery. The infantry of both Polk's and Hardee's Wings used the National Flag, along with the Polk and Hardee flag. Ironic to the conversation as Perryville was fought six months after Shiloh, yet the battle flag wasn't in use other than by one unit.
  17. Epic Trek with Tim: Fort Donelson Video

    Ahhh, I am a weekend too late (heading there NEXT weekend), but thank you for the info. Might have to make their event each year going forward as FODO is only a five hour drive. And blast, that new visitor's center was supposed to be completed last month.
  18. Epic Trek with Tim: Fort Donelson Video

    Is Tim planning on doing an epic hike each year at FODO? I am about a third into this and finding most helpful in expanding my knowledge of the terrain and would enjoy doing such a walk in the future. Darryl
  19. Greetings from Ole Miss

    As a newer member myself, seemingly this is a great group of folks with a of knowledge about things Shiloh! Welcome!
  20. Epic Trek with Tim: Fort Donelson Video

    Thanks for the video. I will give it a complete viewing this weekend in preparation for my trip there next weekend. As for Smith's book I found it to be excellent. See you next month, Transylvania.
  21. Hello from Ohio at Perryville

    The museum is closed this time of year but I will post what I find. I'll check Tim Smith's book tonight and see what he has in there about Columbus as well.
  22. Hello from Ohio at Perryville

    No worries from my end, Perry. Glad to be onboard!
  23. Buell's Civil War

    Thanks for the timeline, Ozzy. Some interesting points of note: Thomas refuses to accept command of the Army of the Ohio - refuses might be a bit strong, but he does decline command as he feels that Buell is in the midst of organizing his forces and developing his plan against the Confederates to drive them from Kentucky. Buell's operational plan goes very well as his force under Sill (20K men moving towards Frankfort) does fool Bragg into thinking that is the main thrust, leaving a much weakened rebel force to content with Buell's main push. Of course that ends with the mismanaged (on both sides) Battle of Perryville. Buell's constant hesitation of moving towards east Tennessee was actually the correct choice. He always wanted to based his foirce in central Tennessee while the supply lines were favorable and the local area could provide more sustenance as well. Buell "follows" Bragg out of Kentucky half-heartedly, and his replacement Rosecrans also bases his plans starting from central TN. Buell is just another example of a general not being as bad or being as good as we sometimes make out. He was a decent organizer (although his troops were starving on the march to Louisville), and personally brave (many favorable accounts by his troops at Shiloh). His martinet role is a bit overplayed as the volunteers did not like his style, but really he was doing what most commanders later in the war would come to do, enforce discipline. Buell's biggest fault to me was his lack of flexibility and lack of considering what the enemy might do, much like Grant at Fort Donelson where Grant doesn't see the breakout attempt coming. Darryl
  24. Hello from Ohio at Perryville

    Looks like Shiloh will be 2018 as I hope to travel with a few of my Chickamauga study group friends for that one. 2017 (besides two tours at Perryville, a couple at Cynthiana, a trip to Chickamauga, and a symposium in Indiana) will be Donelson in February (which will include Columbus/Belmont, Heiman, some hiking near Fort Henry, and Donelson proper).
  25. Hello from Ohio at Perryville

    Valid points, Ozzy. DCB, much like McClellan and Bragg, would have been better served in an admin role. They had the skills to organize as well as to increase the quality of supplies for their soldiers.
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