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February 5, 2012 9:21 AM

Union Navy, River Cause Surrender of Fort Henry

Facing a rising Tennessee River as well as the Union navy and army approaching, Brigadier General Lloyd Tilghman chose to sacrifice a few men to evacuate the rest of his force from Fort Henry. On Feb. 6, 1862, Tilghman led 2,500 soldiers to nearby Fort Donelson and returned to Fort Henry to make a stand with his sacrificial company.

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