General S. B. Buckner was selected to perform that duty, and he surrendered Fort Donelson to General U. S. Grant on the morning of the 16th of February, 1862.
About 9,000 Confederates were made prisoners on that memorable occasion.
It may be proper to state that early in the morning before the surrender took place a large number of our soldiers were conveyed across the river and landed on the Tennessee side by a steamer and escaped being captured, and those captured were conveyed to Johnson's Island and Camp Douglass, Ill. After remaining in prison nearly one year a large number of them were exchanged.
The capture of Fort Donelson was one of General Grant's first important victories.
Not knowing what had transpired during the night, while a comrade and myself were sleeping comfortably on a bank of snow, laying upon nine or ten heavy blankets, and covered by an equal number, which we captured the preceding day on the battle-field, we were quietly aroused at daybreak by our capta