Abstract

Account of the aftermath of the capture of Forts Henry and Donelson in Tennessee, the first significant Union victory of the Civil War. The abandonment of Nashville by Confederate authorities, and the opening of the Cumberland River as a pathway to invasion of the South. The booklet opens with dispatches received in Nashville from Fort Donelson on February 12, 1862 and the ensuing "great panic" as soldiers fled from Nashville. This episode brought to prominence Ulysses S. Grant. He wrote, "Sir: Yours of this date, proposing an armistice and appointment of Commissioners to settle terms of capitulation, is just received. No terms except unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted." Grant and his army proceeded to occupy Nashville.

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Military History

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