Daily Archives: February 16, 2012

14,000 Confederates surrender to Grant at Ft. Donelson 150 years ago today (1862)

Video: Grant's victory Feb. 16, 1862 (at 19:14)

(Sunday, February 16, 1862, during the American Civil War) — Some 14,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered this morning at Fort Donelson, Tennessee, to Union forces led by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, who showed no mercy towards men he considered to be rebelling against the Federal government. His brusque reply became one of the most famous quotes of the war, earning Grant the nickname of “Unconditional Surrender.”