Portrait of Ulysses S. Grant

Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant’s capture of Fort Henry opened the Tennessee Rivers as an avenue of invasion to the heartland of the South. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Fort Henry Facts

February 6, 1862

Key facts about the Battle of Fort Henry.

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Date and Location

  • February 6, 1862
  • Stewart and Henry counties, in western Tennessee

Campaign

  • Federal Penetration up the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

  • Brigadier General Lloyd Tilghman

Union Forces Engaged

  • Army of the Tennessee
  • Western Flotilla

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Army of Central Kentucky
  • Fort Henry Garrison

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 15,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 3,000

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 40 (killed, wounded and missing/captured)
  • Estimated Confederate casualties:

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 79 casualties (killed, wounded and missing/captured)

Result

  • Union victory

Significance

  • Ulysses S. Grant’s capture of Fort Henry was the first significant Union victory in the American Civil War.
  • Ulysses S. Grant’s capture of Fort Henry opened the Tennessee Rivers as an avenue of invasion to the heartland of the South.
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Citation Information

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  • Article Title Battle of Fort Henry Facts
  • Coverage February 6, 1862
  • Author
  • Keywords battle of fort henry
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 27, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 8, 2021
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