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With the opening of the Tennessee River, U.S. naval units raid deep into Tennessee and Alabama

Civil War at Sea Topic Image, Crew members of the USS Pawnee
02/06/1862 to 02/10/1862
Taking immediate advantage of the opening of the Tennessee River after the fall of Fort Henry, a task force of three naval gunboats was dispatched to raid up the river into Tennessee and Alabama. Dubbed later "the Great Tennessee River Raid," the Lexington, Conestoga, and Tyler, under Lieutenant Seth L. Phelps, USN, moved deep into Confederate territory, reaching as far as Florence, Alabama, capturing riverboats and destroying or confiscating supplies before rejoining the main fleet.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Myron J. Smith, Jr., The Timberclads in the Civil War: The Lexington, the Conestoga, and the Tyler on the Western Waters (Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 2008), 226-247. 

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