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

    Fort Donelson

    National Battlefield Tennessee

There are park alerts in effect.
hide Alerts »
  • 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.

First Bloom 2010 Meetings

It's About 31 inches

First Bloomer measuring

Park Staff

Milder temps were great for First Bloom January Meeting!

Snow and freezing weather caused us to cancel our January 9 meeting but we met two weeks later on January 23 and had better weather with warmer temps at 50 degrees. Ranger Debbie introduced base map particulars and tools needed to complete their garden design. Leaders and girl scouts divided into two groups to collect field observations and measurements at park planting sites.

First Bloomer Field Sketching

First Bloomer Field Skheting

Park Staff

When girls were finding north on their compass they noticed a resident bald eagle perched in an oak tree near by. It was a big WOW for them! Scouts traveled back to meeting room to enjoy refreshments and compare field notes. Group’s excitement continues to build as they learn more about native plants and creating their garden at Fort Donelson NB. As one first bloomer summed up the day . . . “that was awesome . . . we liked working as a team."

Did You Know?

Grant at Fort Donelson

BG Charles F. Smith, a division commander under BG US Grant during the Battle of Fort Donelson, was Commandant of Cadets during Grants and Buckner’s time at West Point.