|Battle of Fort Henry|
|General A. S. Johnston|
|General C. F. Smith|
Gott concludes that the Union victory or Confederate defeat was the critical turning point in the war. He says the victory gave "the nation and the world confident assurance of the United States' ability to restore the national union." The triumph "lifted the spirits of the nation" and "showed that the nine months of continuous drilling and disciplining of troops and preparing them for war were not spent in vain." Gott also raises the question of how Johnston's army might have done at Shiloh. "One can only speculate upon the outcome of that battle, and indeed the war, had the bulk of the 21,000 soldiers of Fort Donelson also been present [at Shiloh]."
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