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The results of this victory were that the whole of Kentucky and Tennessee at once fell into the hands 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 wion of many in the North who, up to this time, had believed that after a few heavy defeats the Southern people would return to their allegiance.
For here it was seen that after the victories of Donelson and Shiloh, and the capture of Columbus, Nashville and Bowling Green, no perceptible effect was made upon the resolution of the Confederates.
Their energy was not in the least diminished.
Gen. Grant himself believed that the contest was to be prolonged and desperate, and as we go on with th