§The battle of Fort Donelson took
place shortly after the battle of Fort Henry, Tennessee, February
and U.S. Navy Flag Officer Andrew H. Foote captured the fort and opened the Tennessee
River for future Union movements.
§About 2,500 of Fort Henry’s
defenders escaped and marched the 12 miles east to Fort Donelson.
6, Grant wired Maj.
Gen. Henry W. Halleck, Grant's superior as commander of
the Department of the Missouri, , "Fort Henry is ours. ... I
shall take and destroy Fort Donelson on the 8th and return to Fort
§General Albert Sidney Johnston
decided to reinforce Donelson with another 12,000 men because
the loss of this fort would mean the loss of Middle Tennessee and
the strategic city of Nashville.