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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

February 06, 1862

Battle of Fort Henry

The Battle of Fort Henry took place in Tennessee. While this battle did not have a direct Georgia connection, it was noteworthy for Georgia for two reasons. One, it opened the Tennessee River up to Union shipping as far south as Alabama, further strengthening the blockade of the South by Union forces. Second, it was the first major victory in the war for General Ulysses S. Grant, who would bring General William T. Sherman with him to Georgia in late 1863.