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In the aftermath of the Battle of Fort Donelson, John provides an account of the Union encampment there, including the distribution of provisions and the handling of wounded soldiers. John surveys the Confederate losses and converses with the surrendering General Simon Bolivar. Wilbur has fallen ill and returned to Cincinnati aboard a steamship with sick and wounded.


Daily Zanesville Courier

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Dover, TN


battle; troop movement; provisions; Mortimer D. Leggett; Confederate soldiers; Fort Donelson; death (military); Prisoners; Transportation; disease; medical care

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War correspondents; United States. Army. Ohio Infantry Regiment, 78th (1861-1865); Gillespie, John W. A., 1837-1913 -- Correspondence; Fort Donelson, Battle of (Tennessee : 1862); Buckner, Simon Bolivar, 1823-1914; United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Medical Care



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