The capture of Forts Henry and Donelson1

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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  the nation as "Unconditional Surrender" Grant. Lincoln made him Major General of  Volunteers. For once, it seemed that Grant's luck might be turning around. For the next month, Grant and Halleck tried to outmaneuver each other in the political  field of battle, as Halleck had become increasingly jealous of Grant's fame. Halleck had  hoped for complete control of the western theater, but it became clear that in Grant he  had a strong rival. Lincoln put a quick stop to the gamesmanship and rebuked Halleck,  while at the same time giving him the western command. In April 1862, Grant faced one of the biggest disasters of his military career. 
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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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