Unconditional Surrender

The surrender of a military force or nation without being able to set any limits on the subsequent actions of the victorious. The term was popularized during the Civil War when Ulysses S. Grant informed the commander of Fort Donelson that he would accept no terms other than unconditional surrender. Thereafter, U.S. Grant became known as "Unconditional Surrender" Grant.

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