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Ft, Henry swollowed!

Discussion in 'The South & Western Theaters' started by 5fish, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. larry_cockerham

    larry_cockerham Southern Gentleman, Lest We Forget, 2011

    Feb 20, 2005
    As I recall, and as has been posted previously, Forrest didn't exit until about the third day. Not exactly a man jumping away from the fracas. He had produced a breech in the Federal lines that could have been exploited by proper action by Floyd and others. Forrest had no control of inadequate Confederate management, a condition that was to continue.

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  3. ole

    ole Brev. Brig. Gen'l Retired Moderator

    Feb 20, 2005
    Near Kankakee
    I believe here, 5Fish, that you've introduced an inventive expectation. You noted that Floyd fled on some sort of commandeered power boat barely large enough for himself and a few men. Pillow had to be content with a rowboat. And you've assumed that the opposite bank was amenable to landing; that a holding action and a shuttle service could have been arranged. Is that meager collection enough to shuttle the whole garrison in a week?

    Once Grant slammed the gate, Donelson was finished. The garrison could have been starved out. It was finished. Surrender was inevitable. It could have tried to fight its way out, but then there would simply be fewer men available for surrendering.

    Forrest took his men out, choosing to live to fight another day. And they didn't simply jump in the river and swim across. They rode upriver through an understandably union-free swamp. Where they crossed, if they crossed, I don't know.

    Rats desert. They don't take a formidable fighting force with them. It's called preserving your fighting force.


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