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Re: Evacuation from Fort Donelson

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  • Carl Williams
    meant to add this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illinois_campaign
    Message 1 of 7 , Jan 1, 2009
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    • Ronald black
      No, impossible, terrain and weather too severe. Ron ... From: bango1375 To: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2008 10:52 PM Subject:
      Message 2 of 7 , Jan 1, 2009
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        No, impossible, terrain and weather too severe.
        Ron
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        From: bango1375
        Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2008 10:52 PM
        Subject: [civilwarwest] Evacuation from Fort Donelson

        Why didn't all of the men from Fort Donelson escape with Nathan B.
        Forrest and the men that went with him? Do you think it would have been
        possible for almost every man in the fort to have escaped Fort Donelson
        safely with Forrest?



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      • James W. Durney
        A small party could do it in the confusion of the surrender. However, the garrison would have been detected and attacked on the march.
        Message 3 of 7 , Jan 1, 2009
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          A small party could do it in the confusion of the surrender. However,
          the garrison would have been detected and attacked on the march.
        • David Wall
          ... orrest ... possible for ... with Forrest? ... got away ... making ... It is unlikely that Forrest could have pulled off that miracle. But, he often
          Message 4 of 7 , Jan 1, 2009
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            --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, keeno2@... wrote:
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            >
            > In a message dated 12/31/2008 9:52:46 P.M. Central Standard Time,
            > bango1375@... writes:
            >
            > Why didn't all of the men from Fort Donelson escape with Nathan B.
            orrest
            > and the men that went with him? Do you think it would have been
            possible for
            > almost every man in the fort to have escaped Fort Donelson safely
            with Forrest?
            >
            >
            >
            > Too many. No boats. Not possible.It was a near miracle that Forrest
            got away
            > with as many as he did.
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            It is unlikely that Forrest could have pulled off that miracle. But,
            he often pulled off difficult tasks.

            It was impossible for one of the other two boobs (Floyd, Pillow) to
            accomplish anything approaching that withdrawl. Just getting
            themselves away proved awkward. Of course it is difficult to achieve
            anything of importance when a person is slinking away.

            Grant stated to Buckner after his capture, that if he had captured
            Floyd, he would have released him so that he could continue to lead a
            rebel force somewhere.

            Interesting factoid: Buckner would help carry the casket, at Grants
            funeral.

            With Buckner only third in command and Tilghman on his way to a
            northern prison camp after being captured earlier at Fort Henry
            during a heroic defense, the fort was doomed.

            Of course General U. S. Grant had to be contended with at Fort
            Donalson also.

            David
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