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

    Fort Donelson

    National Battlefield Tennessee

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?


On February 16, 1862, Confederate General Simon B. Buckner surrendered Fort Donelson to Ulysses Grant. Several years later, Buckner would serve as the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In 1885, he would serve as a pallbearer to his old friend Ulysses Grant.