August 9, 1863 – Confederate President Jefferson Davis tried to regroup after the disastrous loss of the Mississippi River. Following the devastating surrenders of Vicksburg
April 6, 1862 – The most terrible battle of the war to date began as the Confederate Army of Mississippi swarmed upon unsuspecting Federals in
March 25, 1862 – Federals advanced deep into western Tennessee this month as Confederates gathered in northern Mississippi to counterattack. By this month, the Confederate
February 24, 1862 – Federal forces invaded Tennessee and seized the first Confederate state capital of the war. The Federal capture of Fort Donelson opened
February 16, 1862 – Federals scored their greatest victory of the war up to this time, generating a new northern military hero. Late on the
February 7, 1862 – Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant began planning to follow the victory at Fort Henry by capturing a much stronger Confederate fort.