Union troops under General U.S. Grant begin their siege of Fort Donelson.

“ 9 A.M. notified that the University buildings [in Nashville] were needed for hospitals – By dark had all the Libraries removed. 4 P.M. requested by Dr. Pim to act as Surgeon.” [Lindsley]


Confederate troops defeat a detachment of the First Cavalry at Bolivar (Hardeman County).


The Nashville Daily Union reports:

“The distinguished tragedian, J. Wilkes Booth, takes his farewell benefit to-night …. The entertainment will commence with Shakespeare’s tragedy, ‘the Merchant of Venice,’ and close with ‘Catherine and Petruchio,’ a Shakespearean comedy …. Mr. Booth came amongst us a stranger, his reputation as a rising star having preceded him. His first night was a splendid ovation; the theater being densely packed, every foot of standing room occupied, and numbers sent away unable to get in ….. His genius appears equal to anything the tragic muse has produced; and the time is not too distant when he will attain the high niche of professional fame. His engagement here will not soon be forgotten by any who have attended the theatre, and the records of that establishment will transmit it to those who follow after him as the best played here during the most eventful of dramatic seasons. We expect to see the house literally overflowing to-night. Gentlemen with ladies should make it a point to go early to be sure of seats.”