Battle scene showing General Grant on horseback in mid foreground with mounted staff officers to his back. At lower left foreground wounded are being treated by medical personnel, while at right two black men carrying a wounded Union officer. At center left, Union artillery batteries fire at Fort Donelson shown on hill in the far background.
On February 16, 1862, General Ulysses S. Grant captured Fort Donelson, a Confederate-held position in Tennessee on the Cumberland River. Grant's victory, along with the February 6 capture of Fort Henry on the Tennessee River, gave the Union control of Kentucky and western Tennessee and access to northern Alabama. When Confederate officer Simon B. Buckner asked Grant for terms of surrender, Grant replied, "No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted, I propose to move immediately upon your works." Grant's forces captured about 13,000 Confederate prisoners and more than 20,000 weapons.