Fort Donelson, Tenn. – Feb. 16, 1862
UNION FORCES RALLY; TAKE FT. DONELSON
An exciting victory for the North today, as they have captured Fort Donelson after a long and rugged battle. The fall of the fort gives the Union much of Kentucky and Tennessee. General Grant led his Northern troops against his pre-war friend, Simon Bolivar Buckner. Buckner was the officer in charge of the men at Ft. Donelson. The Southern soldiers seemed to be repelling the Union gun boats, when reinforcements arrived to aid General Grant. The fort did not have the strength to continue shelling the gunboats. Simon Bolivar Buckner had no choice but to surrender his men and Fort Donelson to Grant.