confusion, I am proud to state that the Twentieth Mississippi stood like a stone wall to protect General Floyd
and his Virginia
regiment while embarking; and when the last hope had vanished of getting aboard according to the orders and promises of General Floyd
, and we realized the sad fate that we had been surrendered, the regiment stacked arms, without the least intimidation, but full of regret.
While this excitement was going on, General Buckner
sent for me and informed me that unless the steamboat left the landing immediately he would have a bomb-shell thrown into it — that his honor as an officer and the honor and good faith of the Confederacy
required that at daylight he should turn over everything under his command agreeably to the terms of capitulation with General Grant
I returned to the boat to make every effort to get aboard, but it had shoved off and was making up the river, with very few persons aboard.’
It has been estimated that there were 3,364 Mississippians at Fort Donelson
, of whom 115 were killed and 434 wounded, the survivors mainly being surrendered by their superior officers as stated.
These casualties were about half of the total for the army of 13,000 or 14,000 men.
The surrender of Fort Donelson
was an event which marks an epoch in the war history of the State
Soon afterward, the Confederate forces were gathered within her own boundaries to meet the Federal
advance through Tennessee
After the fall of Fort Henry
, which opened the Tennessee river
to the Federal
gunboats, the Ninth and Tenth regiments were ordered on duty to guard the river in Alabama
was assigned to command in West Tennessee
and of the army of the Mississippi, after Johnston
's line had been cut in two on the Tennessee river
Under his orders Columbus
was evacuated March 2d, and the Confederate
defense of the upper Mississippi
was to be made at Island No.10
and New Madrid.
General Daniel Ruggles
was called to Corinth
, and General Bragg