The Battle Of Ft. Donelson

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The Battle of Ft. Donelson was on February 11-16. It was fought near the Tennessee Kentucky border. It was a key position because it gave the union access to the cumberland river giving naval access to other southern forts and positions. This battle lead to the capture of the confederate fort. The union soldiers were lead by Ulysses S. Grant and the confederates were lead by. After the defeat of Ft. Henry the majority of the confederate troops went to this fort to help reinforce it. Grant encircled it and sent a flotilla to bomb them lead by Gen. Foote from the river. The confederate forces made one last rush at them to try to open up an escape route and was so close to but for some reason Gen. Gideon ordered his troops to fall back. So
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