|Posted by Gilbert Stack on February 6, 2018 at 5:00 AM|
On this day (February 6) in 1862, Ulysses S. Grant and Andrew Foote gave the Union its first significant victory in the Western Theater of the Civil War when they took Fort Henry in Tennessee. Heavy rains had caused the rising waters of the Tennessee River to threaten the fort. Then highly accurate naval fire from Foote’s ships succeeded in convincing Fort Henry’s commander, Lloyd Tilghman, that he could not resist the land force Grant was leading toward him. So he surrendered the fort before Grant arrived.