Decision to SurrenderAt 1:30 a.m., February 16, 1862, at a final council of war in the Rice house (originally located in front of you at the corner of Pillow and Petty streets) Confederate Generals Floyd, Pillow, and Buckner decided that their failed breakout attempt meant that surrender was inevitable. Floyd, fearing capture and prosecution in the North, turned over command to Pillow. Pillow passed it on to Buckner, who agreed to remain and surrender the fort and what was left of the army. Pillow escaped by small boat across the Cumberland in the night, Floyd the next morning on a steamer with two regiments of Virginia infantry. Forrest and 700 troopers escaped through the icy waters of Lick Creek. Bushrod Johnson, Pillow's second in command, simply walked away. Buckner wrote Grant requesting an armistice and terms of surrender.
|Placed By||Fort Donelson National Battlefield - National Park Service - Department of the Interior|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 8:10pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 425048 N 4038470|
|Decimal Degrees||36.48861667, -87.83680000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 36° 29.317', W 87° 50.208'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||36° 29' 19.02" N, 87° 50' 12.48" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 108 Petty St, Dover TN 37058, US|
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