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use on the following day in the actions which resulted in their defeat and the surrender of 16.000 men, sixty-five guns and 17,600 small-arms to General Grant.
（Twenty-five hundred of the Confederates were killed and wounded during the siege.)
This victory belonged exclusively to General Grant and no one can take from him one iota of the credit of that great military feat, in which he showed his fitness to lead the armies of the Union.
The results of this victory were that the whole of Kentucky and Tennessee at once fell into the hands of the national forces — the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers were opened to national vessels for hundreds of miles.
Nashville, the capital of Tennessee and a place of great strategic importance, fell.
Bowling Green had become untenable as soon as Donelson was attacked, and was abandoned on the 14th of February, the day before the Confederate works on the Cumberland were carried, while Columbus and the other end of the strategic line were evacuated