he Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers and be able to penetrate into the heart of Tennessee with his troops and Foote's gun-boats.
On the 7th of February his cavalry fficers met the most gratifying proofs of loyalty wherever they went.
and in those portions of Alabama and Mississippi which they visited, men, wf the Union.
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 Cumber 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 un points: Island No.10, Fort Pillow and Memphis on the Mississippi, a point in Tennessee near Pittsburg, and the town of Chattanooga.
All of these points were strongly fortified and defended by large armies, thus closing up East Tennessee, and preventing our armies from marching southward.
On the 15th of February, Gen. Grant w