U.S. Grant to Gen. Buckner

February 16, 1862

The following is in reply to a note sent by Gen. Buckner, the commanding officer inside Fort Donelson, to Gen. Grant, appealing for an armistice and terms for surrender. 

Sir: Yours of this date proposing Armistice, and appointment of Commissioners, to settle terms of Capitulation is just received. No terms except unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted.

I propose to move immediately upon your works.

I am Sir: very respectfully
Your obt. sevt.

U.S. Grant
Brig. Gen.

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