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

    Fort Donelson

    National Battlefield Tennessee

Fort Donelson Announces March 2012 Events

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Date: March 1, 2012
Contact: Douglas J. Richardson, (931)232-5706, ext. 108

The park's visitor center is open daily from 8:00AM to 4:30 PM. The exhibit room at the Dover Hotel is open daily from 8:15AM to 4:00PM.

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*Daily at 9:30AM until March 24: Join a Park Ranger for an informal observation of the park's resident Bald Eagles at stop #3 on the driving tour. (Weather permitting.)

*Thursday, March 22, 6PM, Visitor Center: The Fort Donelson Civil War 150th Book Club continues with a discussion of Stephen Crane's masterpiece The Red Badge of Courage. A limited number of free copies are available at the visitor center for participants.

*Friday, March 23, 2012: Join legendary military historian Edwin Bearss at these locations for some terrific stories:

River Batteries, Stop #4, at 10:00AM

Smith's Attack, Stop #6, at 1:00PM

Dover Hotel, Stop #10, at 2:30PM

*Saturday, March 24, 10AM, Stewart County Visitor Center: Legendary military historian Edwin Bearss will return to Fort Donelson with his thoughts on the significance of the Battle of Fort Donelson.

*Weekend of March 24-March25 Visitor Center: Special Army/ Navy exhibit at the park visitor center by longtime friends of the park Kraig Lawson and Jack Barnhardt.

*Sunday, March 25, 3PM, Calloway County Public Library (Murray, Kentucky): Book discussion, The Red Badge of Courage.

*Thursday, March 29, 6PM, Stewart County Visitor Center: Free showing of new film, "Life and Diary of Sixteen Year Old Nannie Haskins." Offered in partnership with the Stewart County Arts and Heritage Council and Stewart County Library. (Stewart County Public Library is along Highway 79 in Dover, next to Dover Elementary School.)

*Saturday, March 31, 9AM: Civil War Trust "Park Day." An opportunity for visitors of all ages to assist in cleaning and preserving historic earthworks, and landscape work throughout the park and at the National Cemetery. Please call (931)232-5706, ext. 108, to register.

*Saturday, March 31, 1PM, Visitor Center: Special program for youths on one of the most fascinating creatures to be found on earth (and in Tennessee)…the rattlesnake. Please call(931)232-5706, ext. 109, to register, as supplies for this program are limited.

Did You Know?

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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.