• 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.

Materials to Loan

Fort Donelson National Battlefield can provide you with a variety of materials to help you with your pre-visit activities.

A brief DVD, entitled "Fort Donelson: A Place for Heroes" is specially designed for students, and shares personal stories of those associated with the February, 1862, battle, including Confederate and Union soldiers, Union Navy sailors, civilians, and African Americans who sought refuge at the three former Confederate forts after the surrender. This DVD is provided free of charge upon request. Please call (931) 232-5706, ext. 103, to request a copy. (The film is also available on a VHS tape if preferred.)

A special educators guide is also available, which explores several themes associated with the 1862 battle. These lesson plans were devised specifically with Tennessee and Kentucky state standards.

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Did You Know?


At the time of the 1862 battle, a six-gun Tennessee battery was located where the visitor center is located today. Porter's Battery saw extensive action during the battle, and had many killed, wounded, and taken prisoner. Captain Thomas Porter was seriously wounded during the battle.