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Currier & Ives Storming of Fort Donelson, Tenn. Feby. 15th 1862

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02881.22 Author/Creator: Currier & Ives Place Written: New York, New York Type: Print Date: 1862 Pagination: 1 lithograph : col. ; 30.5 x 40.6 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02881.22 Author/Creator: Currier & Ives Place Written: New York, New York Type: Print Date: 1862 Pagination: 1 lithograph : col. ; 30.5 x 40.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Hand colored lithograph published by Currier & Ives at 152 Nassau Street, New York. Print is mounted. Caption under the title says: "The attack on the Fort commenced on Tuesday Feby. 13th and was continued with varying success, until Saturday, when Genl. Grant ordered a charge up the steep-hill, on which was the outer redoubt; our troops gained the high breastworks and with hardly a pause, went over them, driving the Rebels back and planting the Stars and Stripes on the embankment. When night came, the Union-troops were victorious at every point, and the next morning the Fort was unconditionally surrendered. The Loyal West has reason to be forever proud of her Valiant Sons, who fought this three days fight." Depicts neat, forward-leaning rows of blue-dressed Union troops cresting the earthen parapet to attack the Confederates in Fort Donelson. Grant looks outward and confidently leads the troops on horseback in the lower left corner of the composition. Steamboats float in the distance.

Background Information:

People: Currier & Ives, fl. 1857-1907
Grant, Ulysses S., 1822-1885

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryArt, Music, Theater, and FilmUnion ForcesBattleFortificationUnion GeneralAmerican FlagSurrender

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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