The Confederate try breakout out of the Federal grip around Fort Donelson before deciding on whether or not to surrender.
Federal army and navy forces attack Fort Donelson on the Cumberland River, but they find the defenses much stronger than Fort Henry.
Robert E. Lee returns to Richmond after his three-month campaign in western Virginia that many southerners consider a miserable failure.
Confederates fall back in southwestern Virginia as the long dispute between John B. Floyd and Henry A. Wise finally comes to an end.
William S. Rosecrans’s Federals clash with John B. Floyd’s Confederates as Rosecrans tries to strengthen his foothold in western Virginia.
Confederate commanders bicker over where their troops should be positioned, hindering their chances to hold western Virginia.