The rout of the enemy was full. Send Off from USA Gen. Thomas to Maj. Gen. McClellan The Battle of Mill Springs was a substantial Union victory early in the Civil War. Early in the fighting, in the middle of fog and dark early light, on January 19, 1862, Confederate General Felix K. Zollicoffer lost his life not realizing he was approaching a Union policeman as opposed to a fellow Confederate. The decisive Union success at the Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky, on January 19, 1862, caused the total collapse of the eastern sector of the Confederate defensive line developed to safeguard the Upper South and ideally safe and secure Kentucky's allegiance to the Southern cause. Considered the first significant Union victory in the western theater of the Civil War, Mill Springs was soon adhered to by Federal capture of Forts Henry and Donelson, in northwestern Tennessee, coupled with the surrender of an entire Confederate military. This succession of victories, which permitted Union pressures to bring the battle deeper into Tennessee, recharged Northern war interests and led straight to the capture of Nashville in Middle Tennessee, setting in activity the sequence of activities causing the titanic fight won by Union forces at Shiloh, on April 6-7, in southwestern Tennessee. Kentucky's value to the Union cause throughout the battle was shown in many means, its strategic value shared pointedly by President Abraham Lincoln, who early on in the problem stated, I wish to have God on my side, but I should have Kentucky.
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