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The Battle of Fort Donelson - February 15th

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Fort Donelson, February 15, 1862
Fort Donelson, February 15, 1862

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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