• 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.

Guest Speakers

Would you like a park ranger to visit your classroom?

Ranger programs are offered Wednesday – Friday, only available January through March.

  • All programs are based on Kentucky/Tennessee curriculum standards.
  • Interactive programs for Kindergarten through 8th grades
  • Programs length varies from 30-45 minutes.
  • Class size limited to 20-25 students.
  • No fees.

Programs are offered on a first come, first served basis. To schedule a Park Ranger visit to your school or educational group, please call (931)232-5706, extension 104.

Note: Programs are limited to schools within a 40-mile radius of the park. Contact the park staff for more information.

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.