• 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.

For Kids

Visits to the battlefield are strongly encouraged. Park Rangers can provide interpretive programs, if requests are made prior to the school visit.

Classroom resources bring the Civil War to the classroom with resources such as traveling trunks, Activity Guides for Teachers, and a battlefield video just for students. Contact Deborah Austin or Susan Hawkins for more information. Email Debbie Or Susan using the contact us page.

Jr. Ranger Program.

First Bloom

Junior Civil War Historian patch, an exciting way to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Be a Junior Civil War Historian today!


How would you like to be a Junior Civil War Historian? Click below for more information and participating parks. Fort Donelson National battlefield is a proud participant in this wonderful program. Today's Junior Civil War Historians may be tomorrow's Park Rangers!


Did You Know?


Lew Wallace served on the military tribunal of Lincoln's assassins after the war and was president of the court martial that convicted Henry Wirz, Confederate commandant of Andersonville Prison.