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 Posted: Sat Nov 29th, 2008 12:41 am
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The real significance of Fort Donelson is the capture of 15,000 men. Johnston's defense line collapsed and it never really recovered. Those extra men may have enabled the Confederacy to halt the bleeding early while the war was still relatively fresh. Donelson probably would have been a hollow victory like Yorktown. Nashville probably wouldn't have fallen as easily as it did. And if there still had been a battle at Shiloh, which I think is unlikely, it would probably be known today as the American Teutoburg Forest.

The battles gave Grant a jumpstart but they didn't cement his career.  I don't think his position was ever fully secured until his victory at Chattanooga.

Last edited on Sat Nov 29th, 2008 12:59 am by The Iron Duke



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