Ulysses S. Grant Captures Fort Donelson, but Confederate General John B. Floyd Escapes
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“…General Floyd, with five thousand of his rebels, escaped during the night. He was denounced as a black-heated traitor and a coward by his own friends…” [CIVIL WAR].
Broadside, “Glorious! Glorious! Fort Donelson Surrendered.” February 17, 1862, printed by the Daily Democrat, St. Louis, Missouri, 1 pp., 4 ¾ x 10 ½ in.
“St. Louis, Feb. 17, 1862.
To Maj. Gen. Geo. B. McClellan:
Fort Donelson surrendered with 15,000 prisoners, including Pillow, Johnson and Buckner.
(Signed,) H.W. Halleck, Major General.”
With river waters rising and only nine dry cannon, Confederate General Lloyd Tilghman removed the bulk of his troops from Fort Henry to Fort Donelson, twelve miles to the east. Fort Henry fell in a mere 75 minutes, and General Grant’s units never saw battle. He marched them to Fort Donelson, and a week later, Union forces surrounded the position and defeated the Confederates in five days of action between February 11 and 16, 1862. The two battles propelled Grant to national fame, led to his promotion to Major General, and resulted in his new nickname— “Unconditional Surrender” (U.S.) Grant.
A day after Grant’s victory, this broadside relays the text of a message from Major General Henry Halleck, commander of the Department of the Missouri, to Union General-in-Chief George McClellan, informing him of the glorious Union victory. The 15,000 Confederate prisoners taken included Confederate Generals Albert Sidney Johnson, Gideon Pillow, and Simon Buckner while their compatriot, General John Floyd, fled.
Very good. Few light stains; small chips on right side.