The second day of movement against Fort Donelson (February 14, 1862), saw primarily action from the river and little on the land-front.
Commodore Andrew Foote, the antagonist at Fort Henry, you will recall, steamed up the Cumberland River with six vessels. The four ironclads and two wooden gunboats began bombarding the fort. Very little damage was done to Donelson, but the guns of the fort beat back the Yankee boats. Foote himself was wounded, his flagship and one other ironclad disabled, to the degree that they were unable to be steered. The other two were damaged as well.
Two cold armies sat and looked at each other--waiting.
In the Confederate headquarters, a council of war took place. It was decided that the very next day, the Confederates would evince a breakout--lead by Pillow--and head for Nashville. This break would be attempted at the southern end of the Federal line--their right, across from McClernand.
They began to set the stage for the dawn breakout...
Monday's letter shall contain the outcome. Do pay diligent heed to the preaching of the Word tomorrow, Fred.
The Battle of Fort Donelson--Day 2
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