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

    Fort Donelson

    National Battlefield Tennessee

Fort Donelson Announces February 2013 Programs

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Date: January 23, 2013
Contact: Douglas J. Richardson, (931)232-5706, ext. 108

February 2013 at Fort Donelson

The visitor center is open daily from 8:00AM to 4:30 PM.

Schedule is subject to change in case of inclement weather.


Sunday, February 3, 2013, 3:00 PM, Fort Donelson Visitor Center

Author Jack Hurst (Men of Fire, Nathan Bedford Forrest: A Biography) will speak on the legacy of Nathan B. Forrest on the 150th anniversary of the 1863 Battle of Dover.

Sunday, February 3, 2013, 6:00 PM, Dover City Cemetery (Church Street)

Fort Donelson, in partnership with the Fort Donelson Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans and the United Daughters of the Confederacy, will offer stories and luminaries to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Dover. Visitors may bring a flashlight for additional light and safety.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 1:00 PM, Fort Heiman, Calloway County, KY

Join National Park Service staff as we share stories about this often forgotten Confederate fort, and the role that it played in the 1862 campaign and subsequent campaigns in the Civil War, as well as why we think it's essential to preserve it. Please call (931)232-5706, ext. 108 to let us know you are coming.

Thursday, February 7, 2013, 6:30 PM, Fort Donelson Visitor Center

Myers Brown, curator with the Tennessee State Museum, will share his thoughts on legendary Confederate General Joe Wheeler, who led the Confederates in the February, 1863, Battle of Dover.

Saturday, February 9, 2013, 11:00 AM, Confederate Memorial (Stop #1)

Join the Fort Donelson Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy in a tribute to the Confederate veterans who served, fought, and died at Fort Donelson. Please call (931) 232-5706, ext. 108 if special assistance is needed.

Saturday, February 9, 2013, 1:00-4:00 PM, near Fort Donelson Visitor Center

Members of "Porter's Battery," a local living history group, will be at the unit's historic battlefield location to share the story of the battery, and its instrumental role in the 1862 Battle of Fort Donelson.

Thursday, February 14, 2013, 3:00 PM, Lower River Battery (Stop #4)

Join noted Fort Donelson author and historian Kendall Gott as we commemorate the 151st anniversary of the naval battle at Fort Donelson, which changed warfare forever.

Thursday, February 14, 2013, 6:00 PM, Fort Donelson Visitor Center

Noted Fort Donelson author and historian Kendall Gott will discus the significance of the Battle of Fort Donelson on its 151st anniversary. His book, Where the South Lost the War: An Analysis of the Fort Henry, Fort Donelson Campaign, will be available for signing.

Friday, February 15, 2013, 9:00AM and 2:00 PM, Starting at Visitor Center

Join Fort Donelson historian Kendall Gott and Fort Donelson volunteer Jim Vaughan in a "caravan tour" of the park on the 151st anniversary of the significant land engagements of February 15, 1862. You will follow them in your own vehicle, make several stops and hear some incredible stories. Space is limited, so please call (931)232-5706, ext. 108 to reserve.

Saturday, February 16, 2013, 11:00 AM Dover Hotel (Stop #10)

We commemorate the 151st anniversary of the surrender of Fort Donelson with an appearance by General Grant and General Buckner.

Saturday, February 16, 2013, 1:00 PM, Fort Donelson National Cemetery

Join the Fort Donelson camp, Sons of Union Veterans, as we pay tribute to the Union troops who served, fought, and died at Fort Donelson. (Parking may be limited.)

Saturday, February 16 and 17, 2013, 10:00 to 4:00, Living History Area

A living history encampment featuring the 9th Kentucky (USA) will help interpret Union control and occupation in this area after the fall of Fort Donelson. Daily schedules will be posted at the visitor center.

Sunday, February 17, 2013, 3:00 PM, Calloway County Public Library


Thursday, February 28, 2013, 6:00 PM, Fort Donelson Visitor Center

The Fort Donelson Book Club continues with a discussion of Paul Kendrick's Douglass and Lincoln, as we talk about the important relationship of these two men. Some free copies will be available for participants. As always, reading the book is not required to participate.

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.