Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Dover

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#30 of 169 in Historic Sites in Tennessee
Battlefield · National Park
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Fort Donelson National Battlefield preserves Fort Donelson and Fort Heiman, two sites of the American Civil War Forts Henry and Donelson Campaign, in which Union Army Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant and Flag Officer Andrew Hull Foote captured three Confederate forts and opened two rivers, the Tennessee River and the Cumberland River, to control by the Union Navy. The commanders received national recognition for their victories in February 1862, as they were the first major Union successes of the war. The capture of Fort Donelson and its garrison by the Union led to the capture of Tennessee's capital and industrial center, Nashville, which remained in Union hands from February 25, 1862 until the end of the war, and gave the Union effective control over much of Tennessee. This struck a major blow to the Confederacy early in the war.

The main portion of the park, in Dover, Tennessee, commemorates the Battle of Fort Donelson (36°29′41″N 87°51′22″W). Fort Heiman, in nearby Calloway County, Kentucky, was a Confederate battery in the Battle of Fort Henry.
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  • Great hiking loop trail, about 3 1/2 miles, that takes you past all the highlights of the park. Lots of history and interesting geography. Enough uphills and downhills on the loop to count as... 
    Great hiking loop trail, about 3 1/2 miles, that takes you past all the highlights of the park. Lots of history and interesting geography. Enough uphills and downhills on the loop to count as...  more »
  • We were blessed to have Ski guide us through the battlefield. Ski is VERY knowledgeable about this period of the Civil War and the area. 
    We were blessed to have Ski guide us through the battlefield. Ski is VERY knowledgeable about this period of the Civil War and the area.  more »
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  • Beautiful and perfectly re-creation of the fortifications. The view is spectacular. After visiting numerous other battlefields, this may be my favorite of them all. You can feel the battle going on as the ships come up the river and the Rebels hold them off with their cannons. This fortress makes you want to be a kid again.
  • I like this place. In spring and summer you can observe bald eagles. It has great views of the river. Historical site.

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