Saturday, November 14, 2015

Remembering Fort Donelson

On the way home from the Oshkosh, Wisconsin air show, we stopped in West Tennessee.  My ancestors on both sides lived there.  I visited with some cousins.  Treky noticed this sign along side the highway and we decided to investigate Fort Donelson battlefield.

The visitor center was worth the visit.  A 15 minute film explained the stations we would see along the route through the battlefield.  The battle occurred in February 1862 and lasted five days.

Every Civil War battlefield has cannons on display. Fort Donelson is no exception.  Some cannon are mounted on wheels.

Some were displayed on the ground.

This is the visitor center.  The Union forces were commanded by Brig. Gen. U S Grant who was largely unknown at that time.  His success here helped him to get promoted to the rank of Major General.

The Confederate monument

Driving down this peaceful road, it's hard to imagine the horrific battle that took place here.  Union casualties numbered 2691 with 507 killed, 1976 wounded and 208 captured or missing.  Confederate losses were 13,846 with 327 killed, 1127 wounded and 12,392 captured or missing.

 That's the Cumberland River.  Many Civil War battles took place on the banks of rivers.  I think it had to do with transporting the tools of war.  You can see more cannon there on the bank.

Treky rolled right past this sign.  Sometimes he claims to be an RV and sometimes he says he's a van - - whatever suits his attitude at the moment.

Last year (2014) Tippy and I lived in Treky 171 days - almost half the year - not all at one time of course.

See you in a few days.  Thanks for riding with us.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

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