• 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.

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?

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.