On February 141

On February 141 - OnFebruary14,1862,Grantattacked....

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On February 14, 1862, Grant attacked. Confederate guns rendered the Union ironclads  useless, and then Confederate counterattacks damaged the Union lines. Grant  nonetheless asserted command, and he had a larger army with which to fight. Two days  later, the Confederate commander, Brigadier General Simon B. Buckner–an old friend of  Grant's–asked for a truce and terms of surrender, expecting to be granted leniency  because of his old relationship with the General. Grant replied tersely: "No terms except  an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted." Buckner relented to the  "ungenerous and unchivalrous terms," surrendering more than 12,000 troops. The capture of Forts Henry and Donelson–the first major Union victories in the war– opened up Tennessee to the Federal armies, and, perhaps more important, constituted  a major victory for the Union morale. Ulysses S. Grant overnight became known across 
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This note was uploaded on 12/25/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Summer '08 term at Texas State.

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