Headquarters, Army in the Field
Camp near Donelson, February 16th
General S. B. Buckner
Yours of this date proposing Armistice, and appointment of Commissioners, to settle terms of Capitulation is just received.
No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted.
I propose to move immediately upon your works.
I am sir: very respectfully
Your obedient servant
The Civil War: Fort Sumter to Perryville, by Shelby Foote [p. 213]