FEBRUARY 19TH, 1862: Confederates evacuated Clarksville, Tennessee. Colonel W.H. Allen, CSA, reported to General Floyd: "Gunboats are coming; they are just below point; can see steamer here. Will try and see how many troops they have before I leave.
Lieutenant Brady set bridge on fire, but it is burning very slowly and will probably go out before it falls."
Asking in a postscript that any orders for him to be sent "promptly," Allen noted that "I will have to go in a hurry when I go."
Union forces under Flag officer Foote occupied Fort defiance and took possession of the town. Foote urged an immediate move on Nashville and notified Army headquarters in Cairo: "The Cumberland is in a good stage of water and General Grant and I believe we can take Nashville."