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Success and Failure in the Heartland: Leadership at Forts Henry and Donelson

Tuesday, February 12, 2019; 6:30pm-8pm | Instructor: Rob Girardi

In the winter of 1861-62 the Civil War was just beginning to erupt in its full fury. A string of battles the previous summer and fall had been a series of Confederate successes with few exceptions. Leadership of the war effort was still in flux on both sides of the conflict. The opening moves were vitally important, as they would dictate the course of action of subsequent events. The performance of the early leaders became the critical measuring stick of war policy and conduct. In the West, leadership on both sides was still evolving. During the Fort Donelson Campaign, many of the questions about the conduct and competency of the leaders of both armies were answered; often with far reaching consequences to the war effort.

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