Dover Hotel, built 1851-1853, site of the surrender of Confederate General Simon B. Buckner to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, February 16, 1862 Photo: Dietrich C. Ullrich
Fort Donelson National Battlefield
During the Civil War, the capture of the
Confederate bastion, Fort Donelson, in February 1862 was the
North's first major victory, opening the way into the heart of
the Confederacy. During the battle, as the situation become
hopeless, two Confederate generals with 2,000 soldiers slipped
away, leaving Confederate Brigadier Simon B. Buckner behind to
ask terms of surrender. Union Brigadier General Ulysses S.
Grant, who commanded the Military District of Southeast
Missouri, responded, "No terms except an unconditional and
immediate surrender can be accepted." Thereafter, Grant was
known as "Unconditional Surrender" Grant.
Fort Donelson National Battlefield is part of the
National Park System; it contains ten historic sites marking events
during the battle. These include the fort itself; the Dover Hotel,
where the surrender took place; log huts; river batteries; a
national cemetery; and a confederate monument.
Documentation includes park brochures and
Originally submitted by: John S. Tanner, Representative (8th District).
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