Learning the Art of Joint Operations Ulysses S. Grant and the U.S. Navy
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ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS FORT LEAVENWORTH United States
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In February 1862, Major General George B. McClellan sent his appreciation to Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant and Flag Officer Andrew H. Foote of the U.S. Navy for the recent capture of Fort Donelson on the Cumberland River in Tennessee.1Ten days earlier, the two officers and their commands had captured Fort Henry on the Tennessee River, just 10miles to the west. Confederate generals had counted on the two forts to stop Federal forces from moving south along the two rivers, both natural avenues of advancethe Tennessee reaching into the piney woods of northeast Mississippi, the Cumberland bending southeast toward Tennessees Confederate state capital of Nashville. With those fortifications now in Union hands, the heart of the western Confederacy was laid open to further operations by U.S. forces.
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