Letter from Captain Aden Cavins, Company E, 59th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, to his wife. Steamer Nebraska Tennessee River April 21, 1862 I wrote you yesterday
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 15, 1862 – The Confederates tried breaking out of the Federal grip around Fort Donelson before deciding on whether to surrender. Brigadier General Ulysses
February 13, 1862 – Federal forces attacked Fort Donelson, but they found the defenses much stronger than those of Fort Henry. By the morning of
February 7, 1862 – Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant began planning to follow the victory at Fort Henry by capturing a much stronger Confederate fort.