HEADLINE: The Battle of Fort Donelson began on 13 February 1862. The Confederate Generals were John B.
Floyd, Gideon Pillow, and Simon Bolivar Buckner. The Union Generals were Ulysses S.
Grant, C.F. Smith, John A. McClernand, Lew Wallace, and Rear Admiral Andrew H. Foote. The most colorful character involved
in the fray at
HEADLINE: General Grant
had marched his troops from
HEADLINE: On the night
of 15 February the Confederate Generals called a meeting of all general
officers and regimental and brigade commanders. Generals Floyd and Pillow turned over
their commands to General Buckner.
General Floyd and his Virginians got on a steamboat and sailed away
before dawn on 16 February.
General Pillow and his staff crossed the river on a flatboat and later
rejoined General Floyd. Lt.
Colonel Nathan Bedford Forrest gathered his troops and escaped across an icy;
flood swollen Lick Creek just South of the little
The batteries of artillery are forever silenced,
The infantry are no longer in marching formation,
The mounted troops no longer ride with fiery passion ,
The gunboats have been forever dismantled.
Only the splendid cry’s of a family of Bald Eagles can be heard,
And the spirits the lonely wandering spirits,
They fill the hills and hollows and only in the depths of silent meditation can one feel and experience their ghostly presence.
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Penned by Donald Laughing Bear Watkins