Confederates attempt to break through Federal lines surrounding Fort Donelson; the attempt is initially successful, but commanders Floyd and Pillow Hesitate and re-entrench, and the opportunity to escape is lost.

“Saturday – Hard work all day to feed the big crowd. Tom Woods & Menifee very useful in dining room. [Marginal note in a different hand: “color men”] All of us perfectly worn out with the task of feeding some six hundred convalescents, & taking care of one hundred or more quite ill persons — Reports & rumors of the battles at Fort Donelson. Night speaking at the Capitol – Triumph over the repulse of the gunboats.” [Lindsley]

Tennessee Historical Marker, Dover in Stewart County, Tennessee, Buckner’s C.S.A. Division

On February 15, 1862, about 1 p.m. this division in compliance with General Floyd’s orders withdrew to its original position within the trenches covered by the 2d Kentucky and 41st Tennessee. Only a small portion of the division had reached its position when Smith’s division attacked the right flank of the Confederate line, fell upon Colonel Hanson’s regiment before it had reached the rifle pits and threw it back in confusion upon the 16th Tennessee.
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Skirmishes near Auburn, Cainsville, and Nolensville.

Skirmishing at Nashville and Clarksville.

The Army of the Cumberland, now based in Murfreesboro, issues orders on how African Americans can be employed – as teamsters and laborers in Quartermasters’ departments; as cooks, nurses, and hospital attendants; as company cooks and officers’ servants.