• 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.


Here are some lesson plans that may prove useful for your classroom experience. (You may need to have Adobe Acrobat to open.)

Civil War Weapons (Large 532KB PDF)

Where Were Forts Built?( Large 508KB PDF)

Civil War Ironclads (Large 594KB PDF)

Traveling Artist (Large 561KB PDF)

Underground Railroad to Freedom (Large 659 KB PDF)

Civil War People and Places (Large 616KB PDF)

Museum Activity 4th Grade (PDF File)

Museum Activity 8th Grade (PDF File)

(The park's museum/ exhibit room is scheduled to be closed in the summer of 2013 for the installation of new exhibits. At that time we'll have some new activities available for these new exhibits.)

32-pounder cannon at Fort Donelson

32-pounder cannon at the Lower River Battery, Fort Donelson National Battlefield


Here are some curriculum aids for elementary, middle, and high school classrooms, developed by our partners at the Civil War Trust.


Did You Know?


Lew Wallace served on the military tribunal of Lincoln's assassins after the war and was president of the court martial that convicted Henry Wirz, Confederate commandant of Andersonville Prison.