Fort Donelson National Battlefield, TN

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Eagles at Fort Donelson
Eagles at Fort Donelson

Since 2004 a pair of American Bald Eagles call Fort Donelson home.

Connie Wilson, NPS Volunteer

Fort Donelson National Cemetery
Fort Donelson National Cemetery

Established in 1867, Fort Donelson National Cemetery is the final resting place for 670 Union soldiers from the American Civil War and many other veterans from wars since. It is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day.

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The Dover Hotel
The Dover Hotel

It was here that Union Brigadier General Ulysses Grant and Confederate Brigadier General Simon B. Buckner met to discuss the Confederate surrender of Fort Donelson on February 16, 1862. About 20% of the building is original. An exhibit room on the first floor shares first person accounts of the battle from a variety of perspectives.

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The Columbiad at the Lower River Battery, Fort Donelson
The Columbiad at the Lower River Battery, Fort Donelson

Among the most powerful guns the Confederates had at Fort Donelson was a 10-inch Columbiad, which could lob a 128-pound shell over a mile. While it's unknown what happened to the Columbiad the Confederates had at Fort Donelson, this gun helps us imagine the historic scene.

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Fort Donelson National Battlefield

Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant was becoming quite famous as he wrote these words following the surrender of Confederate Fort Donelson on Sunday, February 16, 1862. The Union victory at Fort Donelson...[more]

Address

Fort Donelson National Battlefield
120 Fort Donelson Road
Dover, TN 37058
Phone:(931) 232 5348
Email:doug_richardson@nps.gov

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