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John relays an hourly log of the regiment's trip up the Cumberland River from Paducah, KY to Fort Donelson, TN. He describes the theater of battle surrounding the fort, including the engagement of the gunboats and the ensuing carnage.
Daily Zanesville Courier
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battle; troop movement; death (military); Fort Donelson
War correspondents; United States. Army. Ohio Infantry Regiment, 78th (1861-1865); Gillespie, John W. A., 1837-1913 -- Correspondence; Steamboats; United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Transportation; Fort Donelson, Battle of (Tennessee : 1862)
Gillespie, John W.A., "Letter from John W.A. Gillespie to Editor" (1862). Harvey Collection Newspapers. 3.