Pittsburg Landing


        The Union Army used the Tennessee River, pictured here, to move troops south from Fort Donelson throughout late March and early April.  The commander of the federal troops, General Ulysses S. Grant, set up his headquarters at Savannah, a few miles upstream from this position.  The bulk of Grant's troops were stationed along the bank of the river and throughout the surrounding woods on the night of April 5th.  After fierce fighting erupted in the area the next day, this area became the final bastion of the Union army.  On the night of April 6th, U.S. General Buell's Army of the Ohio joined Grant's beleaguered army, and this area became the staging ground for the Union counterattack on April 7th.