The House calls a State Convention for February 18; if the Convention resolves to withdraw from the Union, its action will be put to a popular vote. Meanwhile, several rallies in Kentucky seem to indicate strong support for remaining in the Union.


Zollicoffer, entrenched about 40 miles north of the Tennessee border, on the “wrong” (unfordable) side of the Cumberland River, is facing a Federal force about 10,000 strong. Confederate reinforcements are said to be on their way. [New York Times, p. 2]


Affair at Ashland.


Skirmishes at Mossy Creek and Strawberry Plains. The bridge over the Holston River is completed, and the one over the Watagna is expected to be completed within a week.


The Tennessee General Assembly amends the state constitution to prohibit slavery; voters will ratify the amendment in March. Tennessee was exempted from the conditions of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the state’s own law (March 26) will predate the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (ratified on December 6) by several months.