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Fort Donelson (1862)

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Fort Donelson
War: American Civil War


Date: 11 Feb 1862 - 16 Feb 1862
Location: Tennessee, US
Outcome: Union victory

Overview: After capturing Fort Henry on February 6, 1862, Brig. Gen. 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 Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. 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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