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In Tennessee, Confederate troops attempt a full-scale break out from the siege of Fort Donelson

Civil War Battle, iconic image
02/15/1862
In freezing winter weather, the Confederate defenders of Fort Donelson in Stewart County, Tennessee made a powerful attempt to break out of the 25,000 man Union siege.  Attacks on the Union right-wing began in the morning and by noon had succeeded in opening an escape route.  But hesitation doomed the attempt and reorganized Union counter-attacks were able to reclose the siege lines by dark.  Fort Donelson and most of its 17,000 men surrendered the next day. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
David G. Martin, The Shiloh Campaign, March-April 1862 (Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2003), 33-35.  
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