Fort Donelson Announces March 2012 Events
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.
*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.
Did You Know?
There was a significant enslaved population in Stewart County, TN, before and during the 1862 battle. After the Union victories at Forts Heiman, Henry and Donelson, many freedom seeking slaves sought refuge at these forts, even establishing a community near today's Fort Donelson National Cemetery.