l that region, for Unionism was everywhere prevalent, but suppressed by the mailed hand of the Confederate leaders.
Phelps's report caused an immediate expedition against Fort Donelson, situated on the high left bank of the Cumberland River, at Dover, the capital of Stewart county, Tenn. It was formed chiefly of outlying intrenchments, covering about 100 acres, upon hills furrowed by ravines.
At Fort Henry, General Grant reorganized his army in three divisions, under Generals McClernand, Smirough them and escape to the open country in the direction of Nashville.
This was attempted at five o'clock (Feb. 15). The troops engaged in it were about 10,000 in number, commanded by Generals Pillow and Bushrod R. Johnson.
They advanced from Dover—Mississippians, Tennesseeans, and Virginians—accompanied by Forrest's cavalry.
The main body was directed to attack McClernand's division, who occupied the heights that reached to the river.
Buckner was directed to strike Wallace's division, in