This area became a Union camp following the success of Smith’s attack. During the night, while both sides strengthened their positions, surrender discussions began. White flags raised over the Confederate positions at daybreak on February 16 saddened the Confederates and created joy among the Federals. Following the surrender, the Union troops camped here were given the honor of being the first to march into Fort Donelson.
Did You Know?
The embrasures at Fort Donelson were constructed of sand bags lined with rawhide. The rawhide was wet down to prevent the bags from catching fire during an engagement.