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

    Fort Donelson

    National Battlefield Tennessee

Fort Donelson Announces March 2013 Activities

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Date: March 1, 2013
Contact: Douglas J. Richardson, (931)232-5706, ext/ 108

Sunday, March 17, 2013, 3PM, Calloway County Public Library, Murray, KY

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Thursday, March 28, 2013, 6PM, Fort Donelson National Battlefield Visitor Center

The Fort Donelson book club continues with a discussion of Mary Chesnut's Diary, one of the most important first person accounts of the American Civil War, from a unique perspective. Mrs. Chesnut's diaries were quoted extensively in the Ken Burns documentary "The Civil War." Some free copies of this book are available for participants. Please call (931)232-5706, ext. 108.

Mary Boykin Chesnut, 1823-1886

Saturday, March 23, 2013, 1PM, Fort Donelson National Battlefield Visitor Center

 

Come learn a bit about astronomy and the wonders of planets, stars, and constellations. There will be a hands-on activity teaching you how to identify several constellations, and you will get to hear a few of the interesting stories behind them. You will even make your own constellation key chain guide to take home with you and use in both the day time and at night. Join Fort Donelson's Resources Manager Bill Barley for a unique opportunity to change your perspective with this hands-on activity. Program and materials are free; supplies are limited. Please call Bill Barley at (931)232-5706, ext. 109 for more information and to make a reservation.

Did You Know?

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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.