shed its object.
Polk did not send the troops into Missouri, as he intended: he kept them at hand against further surprises.
Secession's frontier at this time was a slight curve from Columbus eastward and up to Bowling Green, then down to Cumberland Gap.
It thus lapped over a little from Tennessee into Kentucky.
Its weak point was the hole made in it by two rivers, the Tennessee and Cumberland, crossing it twelve miles apart.
Two forts barred these precious highways — Henry and Donelson.
nteen thousand, and seven gunboats under Commodore Foote.
This was February 2.
In four days, Grant had Fort Henry.
In ten more, Fort Donelson and the gates to the rivers were open.
Secession's frontier was crashed through from Columbus to Cumberland Gap, and shrank many miles southward.
It was quick and final; and Grant had thought of it, and done it. He was indebted to nobody.
His own letter about it, written to Washburne a month later, is like him: I see the credit of attacking the enemy