Category Archives: Andrew H. Foote

April 8, 1862: Pope takes Island No. 10

General John Pope After a long siege, and with the aid of a couple of gunboats run past the position by Commodore Foote, General Pope’s batteries destroyed the Confederate position on Island No. 10 and captured the majority of the … Continue reading

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March 26, 1862: Siege of Island No. 10 gets old.

Commodore Foote After the confederate forces withdrew from New Madrid to Island No. 10, just upstream in the Mississippi, the federal forces laid siege to that island. After a couple of weeks, the siege was having a bad effect on … Continue reading

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March 15, 1862: Expedition leaves for Island No. 10

Commodore Foote sets off from Cairo down the Mississippi to Island No. 10. The Confederate garrison had evacuated New Madrid and moved to the island to continue blocking shipping on the Mississippi. From the New York Times: As usual, you … Continue reading

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March 1, 1862: Rebel position at Pittsburg Landing; Columbus evacuated

In the aftermath of the fall of forts Henry and Donelson, Commodore Foote was taking advantage of his new freedom to roam the rivers. An expedition up the Tennessee past the town of Savannah ran into a rebel position at … Continue reading

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February 20, 1862: Union takes Clarksville

Andrew H. Foote The retreating Confederates abandoned Clarksville, TN, and Foote’s naval force easily took possession. Grant and his troops were headed for Nashville. From the Official Record: UNITED STATES FLAG STEAMER CONESTOGA, February 20, 1862 (via Cairo, February 21). … Continue reading

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February 15, 1862: Breakout attempt at Fort Donelson

Taylor’s and McAllister’s Batteries at Fort Donelson The New York Times ran a full description of the battle at Fort Donelson. The author describes Pillow’s breakout attempt on Saturday the 15th (I believe the author misstates the day of the … Continue reading

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February 11, 1862: Doubts about Grant

Henry Halleck Grant, having taken Fort Henry, was moving on Fort Donelson. As far as I can tell, he did so without any direct order from his superior, general Halleck. Halleck had doubts about Grant, as did Assistant Secretary of … Continue reading

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February 10, 1862: Grant needs some gunboats; Halleck wants him to wait

Andrew H. Foote The gunboats that had reduced Fort Henry were needed at Fort Donelson next. To get there, they had to go back down the Tennessee to its confluence with the Cumberland, near Paducah, then up the Cumberland to … Continue reading

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February 6, 1862: Fort Henry taken

Battle of Fort Henry As C.F. Smith had reported, Fort Henry was poorly sited, and the rising river had already put its lower level out of action. Commodore Foote didn’t even have to wait for Grant’s ground troops to get … Continue reading

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February 1, 1862: Gunboat crewmen wanted

Union Gunboats Everyone knew something was up in Grant’s command. Commodore Foote was looking for gunboat crewmen in St. Louis, for instance. From the New York Times: MEN FOR THE GUNBOAT EXPEDITION. ST. LOUIS, Saturday, Feb. 1. The intelligence from … Continue reading

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