"Fort Donelson will hereafter be marked in Capitals on the maps of our United Country..."

Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant was becoming quite famous as he wrote these words following the surrender of Confederate Fort Donelson on Sunday, February 16, 1862. The Union victory at Fort Donelson elated the North, and stunned the South. Within days of the surrender, Clarksville and Nashville would fall into Union hands. Grant and his troops had created a pathway to victory for the Union.

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The Union's gunboats were coming...but when?

Defending the Cumberland River...

The park features an eleven stop driving tour, where the visitor can imagine this game-changing battle that was fought on land and water.

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In memory of those who have served...

Fort Donelson National Cemetery

Fort Donelson National Cemetery is the final resting place of many Civil War Union soldiers and many from wars since.

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Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the NPS by visiting the Kentucky National Parks!

Be Part of the Kentucky National Park Pentathlon!

Come visit the wonderful five National Parks in Kentucky, including the Fort Heiman unit of Fort Donelson National Battlefield. And get a cool patch!

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Intended to help defend Fort Henry and the Tennessee River...a vital piece of Civil War history

Fort Heiman: The Unfinished Fort

Knowing that Fort Henry was vulnerable from attack and flooding, the Confederates started this fort in early 1862, but didn't finish it in time...

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An opportunity for 4th graders and their families to Find Their Park!

Every Kid in a Park Initiative Launched!

A wonderful opportunity for 4th Grade students and their families to learn more about their parks...and to become the next generation of stewards!

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For field trips, traveling trunks, Park Ranger visits...and more...

Fort Donelson: A Magnificent Classroom

Fort Donelson NB is an ideal place to bring students to learn more about this battle, as well as its beautiful and diverse natural resources.

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Some tools that might help...

Researching an Ancestor or Loved One?

Perhaps you had an ancestor here at Fort Donelson, or an ancestor who served elsewhere in the Civil War. Here's a website to help track them down.

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You can use your phone, wherever you are!

Use Your Cell Phone to Learn More about the Park!

You can use your cell phone or smart phone to learn about this special place. You can dial (931)557-3054. Or click on the link. At no charge from us!

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Junior Rangers: Tomorrow's Stewards

Fort Donelson National Battlefield offers a Junior Ranger program; the booklet is available on the park's website.

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