Grant had no instructions to attack Fort Donelson, but he had none forbidding him to do it.
The same may be said of his first success at Fort Donelson on the Cumberland.
Here the river winds about between abrupt hillsides, and on the front of one of these hills stood Fort Donelson.
His first great victory was the capture of Fort Donelson with 15,000 prisoners.
Then the gunboats steamed down the river to its mouth and thence up the Cumberland to assail Fort Donelson.
He went to Nashville on the 27th, and returned to Fort Donelson next day.
When he mounted the pony to ride into Fort Donelson, he was not to be shaken from his seat; he went in.
The wounded arrived from Fort Donelson in a miserable condition.
Grant had failed to reach the road to Fort Donelson until the Confederates had escaped.
This regiment was one of those engaged at the capture of Fort Donelson.