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"They also serve..." (Part 2)

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Often overlooked (with our focus on Savannah, Crump's Landing and Pittsburg Landing) the captured, Union-occupied Fort Donelson, Fort Henry and Fort Heinman were also within General Grant's District of West Tennessee at the time of the Battle of Shiloh. In order to maintain control of those facilities, two infantry regiments remained at Fort Donelson as garrison; and one infantry regiment served to garrison both Fort Henry and Fort Heiman (and missed Battle of Shiloh.) Your questions:

  • Name the two infantry regiments used to garrison Fort Donelson, end of March 1862.
  • Name the infantry regiment used to garrison both Fort Henry and Fort Heiman in March 1862.
  • Name the officer who was left in overall command of Forts Henry, Heiman and Donelson after General Grant removed to Savannah on March 17th 1862.

Good Hunting...

Ozzy

 

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A hint or two...

All of the infantry regiments assigned garrison duty had been present at the Battle of Fort Donelson.

The man in charge of Fort Henry (and given overall responsibility for oversight of Fort Henry, Fort Heiman and Fort Donelson) was a West Point graduate who remained in command at Fort Henry for twelve months. The many steamers sent from St. Louis to "join Grant's Tennessee River Operation" stopped first at Fort Henry, before proceeding on to Savannah, to hand-deliver messages to the Fort Henry Post commander; receive last-minute adjustments to orders; sometimes to take particular stores or resources as the steamer continued south (in at least one instance, a barge loaded with coal was directed to be taken along and delivered to General Grant at Savannah.) In addition, the Fort Henry Post commander had overall control of the telegraph (the line only reached as far south as Fort Henry until Buell's line from Nashville made a tenuous connection at Savannah, just prior to Battle of Shiloh.)

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Ozzy

 

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