"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.Read More
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.Read More
Fort Donelson National Cemetery
Fort Donelson National Cemetery is the final resting place of many Civil War Union soldiers and many from wars since.Read 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.Read More
The Dover Hotel
The Dover Hotel served as the headquarters for Confederate Generals Floyd and Buckner. The building and the community have a remarkable story to tell.Read More
America Commemorates a Significant Anniversary...
From 2011 through 2015, the National Parks, together with multiple partners, commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War.Read More
Junior Rangers: Tomorrow's Stewards
Fort Donelson National Battlefield offers a Junior Ranger program; the booklet is available on the park's website.Read More
Hispanics and the American Civil War.
This fascinating new booklet is available to read online.Read More
Slavery and the Civil War
A new 2011 booklet explores this most important topic, and is useful for all.Read More
Fort Donelson Trading Cards!
A special series of trading cards are available for visitors of all ages.Read More
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.