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The joint Army-Navy operation in the Henry and Donelson Campaign of 6-16 February 1862 achieved a strategic penetration of Confederate defenses.

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Fort Henry on the Tennessee and Fort Donelson on the Cumberland Rivers protected the enemy's rail line of communication in northern Tennessee. Flag Officer Andrew H. Foote's gunboat flotilla transported Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant's U.S. Army troops up the Tennessee River.
The soldiers landed and marched overland to occupy Fort Henry after it surrendered following a heavy naval bombardment. Before he capitulated, the enemy commander sent most of the garrison to Fort Donelson, ten miles away, while the rest of their army retreated toward Nashville. Image
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