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Tilghman and his gunners gamely returned the gunboats fire, but were severely outgunned. At 1:45p.m., with only four cannon still operating, Tilghman surrendered to Foote. The Confederates had suffered five killed and 11 wounded; the Union sailors lost 11 killed and 31 wounded.
Grant and Brig. Gen. John A. McClernands troops, much to the navys delight, arrived on the scene only after the fort had been surrendered.
February 6, 1862 noon
Where is Fort Henry? The original site of Fort Henry is completely submerged beneath Kentucky Lake. The buoy in the middle of the channel (upriver and slightly to your left) marks its approximate location.
Height Disadavantage: With the fort at or below water level, Fort Henry’s cannon could not be positioned like those at Fort Donelson to shoot down onto the ironclads vulnerable decks.
Two Enemies: Besides Foote’s gunboat flotilla, heavy rains prior to the battle caused the Tennessee River to rise, flooding parts of the interior of Fort Henry.