152 Years Later: Fort Henry's Construction, Battle and Legacy

Feb 3, 2014

Bombardment and capture of Fort Henry, 1860s lithograph by Currier and Ives
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Battle of Fort Henry was fought on February 6, 1862, in western Tennessee and was the first important victory for the Union led by Ulysses S. Grant, in the Western Theater during the Civil War. Dover historian Susan "Ski" Witzofsky previews her February 8th program for the 152nd Anniversary of Fort Henry's construction, battle and legacy.

Witzofsky explains the setup of Fort Henry, where the fort was located, and how the Battle of Fort Henry played out. Currently, Fort Henry is underwater and no longer recognizable, but is annually remembered at Land Between the Lakes in a special program.

  Summary of Fort Henry from the National Park Service.