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The victory at Fort Donelson met with enthusiastic celebrations in Philadelphia and across the North

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa 1860, zoomable image
02/17/1862
In a demonstative example of how the Union victory at Fort Donelson in Tennessee lifted the collective spirits of the North, the arrival of the news in Philadelphia in the morning was met with celebration all day.  Both the Court of Quarter Sessions and the District Court judges, for example, interupted their proceedings to have the news announced in their courtrooms, to extended cheering.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
J.Thomas Scharf and Thompson Wescott, History of Philadelphia 1609-1884, in three volumes (Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884), I: 793. 

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