§The Union forces achieved their
first significant victories with the capture of Fort
Donelson and Fort Henry.
§"Unconditional Surrender" Grant, who was promoted to major general,
became the North’s new hero.
§The fall of Fort Donelson
to give up southern Kentucky and much of Middle and West
Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers, and railroads in the area,
became vital Federal supply lines.
developed into a huge supply depot for the Union army in the west.