On this day in the Civil War, General U.S. Grant issues his terms for the disposition of Fort Donelson: “No terms except unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted. I propose to move immediately upon your works.”

The statement leaves the Confederates with no alternative and General Buckner relinquishes possession of the military position.

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Ulysses S. Grant

(Photo Credit: Library of Congress)

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