Buell’s army had won an engagement at Mill Springs in Kentucky, while elements of Halleck’s army, which had been permanently settled in Missouri, as Lincoln had despairingly put it, were now on the move. An Illinois brigadier-general, Ulysses S. Grant, had then captured Fort Henry on the Tennessee River. He was now at the Cumberland River, twelve miles away, laying siege to Fort Donelson. If Donelson were to fall, Nashville and eastern Tennessee would once more be a part of the Union.
On February 14, Grant’s first attack on Donelson was repulsed. On February 16, as Lincoln and Stanton and Hay had been studying the map of Tennessee, a telegram from Halleck at St. Louis was brought them. Grant had refused to come to terms with the Confederate General Buckner. ‘No terms except unconditional, immediate surrender can be accepted, “Grant had told the rebels. “I proposed to move immediately upon your works.”
(this battle brought Grant to Lincoln' attention and led to his appointment as official Commander over the Union Army during the Civil War) - - displacing the lazy, egotistical General McClellan would refused to use his troops.
Hopkinsville New Era, October 2, 1948Mrs. Bettie Lander Hopson, widow of Meredith Shellcross Hopson, died this morning at 4:45 at home on Bryan Street. She was 88 years old. Mrs. Hopson was born near Gracey on May 1, 1860, the daughter of Mary Jane Blakeley and John William Strode Lander. She was baptized Elizabeth Ann Lander. Everyone called her Bettie.