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The Battle of Fort Donelson - February 15th

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The Battle of Fort Donelson - February 15th
The Battle of Fort Donelson - February 15th

Civil War Trust’s map of the Battle of Fort Donelson

After capturing Fort Henry on February 6, 1862, Brig. General Ulysses S. Grant advanced cross-country to invest Fort Donelson. On February 16, 1862, after the failure of their all-out attack aimed at breaking through Grant’s investment lines, the fort’s 12,000-man garrison surrendered unconditionally. This was a major victory for Grant and a catastrophe for the South. It ensured that Kentucky would stay in the Union and opened up Tennessee for a Northern advance along the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers. Grant received a promotion to major general for his victory and attained stature in the Western Theater, earning the nom de guerre “Unconditional Surrender.”

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