nds of the national forces — the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers were opened to national vessels for hundreds of miles.
Nashville, the capital of Tennessee and a place of great strategic importance, fell.
Bowling Green had become untenable as soon as Donelson was attacked, and was abandoned on the 14th of February, the day before the Confederate works on the Cumberland were carried, while Columbus and the other end of the strategic line were evacuated early in March, thus leaving the Mississippi river free from the Confederate flag from St. Louis to Arkansas.
The news of this victory was very encouraging to the Union people, especially when they beheld its results.
When city after city fell and stronghold after stronghold was abandoned, and they saw that it was all in consequence of the capture of Fort Donelson, it is not strange that the national amazement and gratification knew no bounds, and it is only to be regretted that the Navy should not have had a greater share in the h