August 31st, 1862
W.B. Terry Runs Aground
The Tennessee River was supposed to be fairly safe territory for Union shipping and soldiers, but this proved not the case today. A Federal ship W. B. Terry was hauling soldiers, civilian passengers, and coal. She ran aground because she had to much weight on board. A force of Confederates was conveniently nearby and promptly attacked. The soldiers aboard attempted to mount a defense but were overwhelmed.