The Eagle has Flown!
The juvenile eagle at Fort Donelson has fledged. The eagles now reside at the Confederate River Batteries, stop #4 on the driving tour. Visitors are encouraged to view and admire, but asked to keep a respectful distance, as this is their home.
Fort Donelson Announces November 2012 Programs
Contact: Douglas J. Richardson, (931)232-5706, ext. 108
Dover, TN - Fort Donelson National Battlefield is pleased to announce a variety of programs and learning opportunities for visitors of all ages throughout November.
On Saturday, November 10, 2012, the park welcomes The Cumberland Winds for a special musical performance at 2:00 PM, at the Stewart County Visitor Center, along Highway 79 in Dover, Tennessee. The Cumberland Winds will offer selections that pay tribute to the men and women, living and deceased, who have served our Nation so well. At 6:30PM that evening, the Civil War Singers will offer a vocal performance in the same building, also paying tribute to our Nation's veterans. Both programs are free to the public.
On Saturday, November 17, 2012, a special natural resource program for families will be offered at the Fort Donelson National Cemetery Ranger Station. Plants and animals, like people, have some very basic needs. Survival of these organisms depends on the environments in which their needs can be met. Join Ranger Bill and learn a little about the local food chain with some fun activities. Best for children ages 5 and up. Supplies are limited, so let Ranger Bill know that you are coming at (931) 232-5706 extension 109.
This month's Fort Donelson National Battlefield book discussion club will focus on DeAnne Blanton's They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the Civil War. This discussion will be held on Sunday, November 18, 2012, 3:00 PM, at the Calloway County Public Library, in Murray, Kentucky, and on Thursday, November 29, 2012, 6:00 PM, at the Fort Donelson visitor center in Dover, Tennessee. A limited number of free books will be available for participants. Please call (931)232-5706, ext. 108 for more information. Reading the book is not a requirement for joining the conversation.
The park's visitor center will be closed on Thursday, November 22, 2012, Thanksgiving Day. Superintendent Brian McCutchen and the staff of Fort Donelson wish all a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.
Fort Donelson National Battlefield and National Cemetery preserves and protects precious stories and resources associated with the February, 1862, Battle of Fort Donelson, one of the most strategically important battles of the American Civil War. The park's visitor center is located along HWY 79 in Dover, Tennessee. The park boundary also includes much of Fort Heiman, a Confederate fort built in advance of the February, 1862, campaign in Calloway County, Kentucky. This year Fort Donelson commemorates the 150th anniversary of this most important campaign.
About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 398 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.
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.