Fort Donelson National Battlefield, TN

National Park Service

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]

Today's 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.


Eagles at Fort Donelson
Eagles at Fort Donelson

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

Connie Wilson, NPS Volunteer

The Dover Hotel at Fort Donelson National Battlefield
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.


Historic Civil War-era Columbiad cannon at Fort Donelson National Battlefield
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


Fort Donelson National Battlefield
120 Fort Donelson Road
Dover, TN 37058
Phone:(931) 232 5348

Directions Park visitor center is located along Highway 79 in Dover Tennessee. Visitors are encouraged to begin their visit at the visitor center, which is open daily from 8:00AM to 4:30PM (CST). The main unit of the park is located about 35 miles west of Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee, and about 30 miles east of Paris, Henry County Tennessee. Depending on the route taken, the park is located about 100 miles from Nashville, Tennessee, and about 190 miles from Memphis, Tennessee. The park's Fort Heiman unit, still in development, is located near New Concord, Calloway County, Kentucky. It can be accessed by KY/TN 119/121. The main unit of the park is a few miles east of Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, managed by the US Forest Service. Although no camping facilities are available at Fort Donelson, numerous opportunities are available at Land Between the Lakes. (

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