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.Plan to see Fort Donelson National Battlefield and other attractions that appeal to you using our Dover tour builder app.
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.
Fort Donelson National Battlefield reviews
Lots of history and information regarding the Civil War battle site. Most is about the Confederacy with a little on the Union. We didn’t get to see everything as we ran out of time. The ranger at the.... more
Lots of history and information regarding the Civil War battle site. Most is about the Confederacy with a little on the Union. We didn’t get to see everything as we ran out of time. The ranger at the.... more »
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 »
Had an awesome experience visiting this National Battlefield. The rangers were very helpful and provided me with plenty of maps and info to complete some hiking trails and self-guided audio tours. The signage throughout the Battlefield was well laid-out and easy to find on the map. This is important because there are sites located throughout the town of Dover; not just within the park. It was so cool to be able to walk through and picture the history that took place here. Having accounts of those who served during the conflict was extremely valuable and sobering. One thing that surprised me was seeing a Confederate monument for the first time in my life. Once you do some reading of the provided info packet and the associated signs at the site, you begin to understand its importance. The soldiers of the Confederate Army were often buried where they fell and/or placed in unmarked mass graves nearby. This monument stands as the sole marker in recognition of their memory. War hurt a lot of people on both sides and it's important to have an open mind in order to understand our history in its full narrative.
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.
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