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

    Fort Donelson

    National Battlefield Tennessee

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  • Saturday's Civil War Singers Concert Relocated Because of Heat

    This Saturday's Civil War Singers concert, originally scheduled for the River Batteries, has been moved to the park's visitor center, still scheduled for 6:00 PM. High temperatures are expected for the next few days in this area.

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?

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.