Battle of Fort Donelson: Overview

BATTLE OF FORT DONELSON (feb 11-16 1862 UNION)

This battle elevated Gen. Ulysses S. Grant from an unproven leader to a Major General ranking and earning the nickname “Unconditional Surrender”. This battle occurred in Stewart County, Tennessee and resulted in 17,398 casualties of which 15,067 were confederate soldiers.

When?

Feb. 11 – 16, 1862

Where?

Stewart County, Tennessee (Central NW Tennessee on Kentucky border)

Who won the Battle of Fort Donelson?

The Union won the Battle of Fort Donelson.

What Happened?

Decisive Union victory in which 87% of the casualties were Confederate

Why is this important?

This battle elevated Gen. Ulysses S. Grant from an unproven leader to a Major General ranking and earning the nickname “Unconditional Surrender”.

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