• The legendary battle between Confederate guns and US ironclads at Fort Donelson, February 14, 1862.

    Fort Donelson

    National Battlefield Tennessee

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  • The Eagle has Flown!

    The juvenile eagle at Fort Donelson has fledged. The eagles now reside at the Confederate River Batteries, stop #4 on the driving tour. Visitors are encouraged to view and admire, but asked to keep a respectful distance, as this is their home.

Be A Junior Ranger

Junior Ranger Booklet

Junior Ranger Workbook

Ann Stapp

Try a fun way to learn about the park! Visit historic park sites and explore the natural environment.

Pick up a copy of the Junior Ranger Activity Guide at the visitor center. Participants may earn a badge by attending a Ranger program and completing three guidebook activities.

Recommended for children ages 5-12 years; open for all ages. No fees.

You may download the park's Junior Ranger booklet here. Once completed, you may mail the booklet to the park for a Park Ranger to review. We will then send to you a Junior Ranger badge!

You may mail the booklet to:

Fort Donelson National Battlefield

PO Box 434

Dover, TN 37058

(Please allow a few weeks for the completed books to return to you.)


Be a WebRanger

Become a National Park WebRanger.


All of the Confederate forts that were part of this campaign...Fort Heiman, Fort Henry, and Fort Donelson, were built, in part, by slave labor. In addition, all three forts, once in Union hands, became places of refuge for African Americans who were making the often difficult transition between slavery and freedom.

You can learn more about the Underground Railroad by completing this booklet. When completed, you can mail the booklet to the park, and we will, in turn, send you a special Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Junior Ranger badge!

Fort Donelson National Battlefield and National Cemetery is part of the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program. To learn more about this network you can visit here.


Did You Know?


On February 16, 1862, Confederate General Simon B. Buckner surrendered Fort Donelson to Ulysses Grant. Several years later, Buckner would serve as the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In 1885, he would serve as a pallbearer to his old friend Ulysses Grant.