February 6, 1862 Total Deaths: 120 Union: 11 deaths 31 wounded Confederate: 5 death 11 wounded 78 prisoners
General Ulysses S. Grant
General Lloyd Tilghman
The battle of Fort Henry started on February 6,1862. There were a total of 120 deaths. The Union had 11 deaths and 31 wounded. The Confederates had 5 deaths and 11 wounded. The Union also had 78 Confederate prisoners.
The Confederate general was General Lloyd Tilghman. The Union general was General Ulysses S. Grant. Ulysses S. Grant had became a national hero for winning the Mexican War and was nominated as president in 1868. Lloyd Tilghman helped fight alongside of General Henry Halleck and 2,500 defenders was under control during the Battle of Fort Henry.
The battle started to cut off the Confederates water access of the two main waterways for the rest of the war. There were two groups. One of the groups was to capture the Tennessee River. The other group was to capture the Cumberland River.
General Lloyd Tilghman and his troops were poorly armed, but they still decided to fight. Tilghman had kept 100 troops with him and sent the rest of the troops to Fort Donelson. General Ulysses S. Grant had told Foote to capture Fort Henry while he went to Fort Donelson. Foote began his assault on Fort Henry at noon on February 6. After 2 hours of canon fire and with only 4 other canons Tilghman surrendered.
The battle took place on the Tennessee River with the gunboats at close range to the Fort. The fort was in Nashville, Tennessee. The river was significant because that is where the Union travelled up to get to Fort Henry. The Tennessee River was one of the major waterways for the South.
At the end of the battle the South surrendered to the North. The Union had won the battle. Even though there weren't many deaths, Tilghman had no backup and had only 4 canons left. The Union had got the Fort which would help take out the Souths waterway.