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    Henry Halleck Autograph Note Signed "H. W. Halleck." One page, 5" x 4.75" (sight), St. Louis, February 24, 1862. On February 16, 1862, General Ulysses S. Grant accepted the unconditional surrender of Fort Donelson, Tennessee. Built early in the war by the Confederate Army to control traffic along the Cumberland River, the capture of the fort would allow the use of the river as an invasion route into the heart of Tennessee. After holding out for four days, the commanding officers of the fort held a council and hatched a plan of escape. Command of the fort was passed from Generals John B. Floyd and his second in command, Gideon J. Pillow, to Gen. Simon B. Buckner who offered to stay behind and surrender the fort. The next morning, Buckner sent a message to Grant, an old friend of his, offering to meet to discuss the terms of surrender, which he promptly accepted. Buckner spent the next few months in prison, being released on August 15, 1862, in a prisoner exchange.

    Eight days after the surrender, Halleck wrote to Gen. Eleazer A. Paine asking where his prisoners were: "Where is Genls Buckner & Johnson, and why have they not been sent here as I ordered?" Smoothed folds and wrinkling, toning down the center fold. Else fine. Matted and framed with an engraved, full length portrait of Halleck above a facsimile signature to an overall size of 20" x 16".


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