Weather Alert: Park Visitor Center and Tour Road Gates Closed December 6
The Fort Donelson visitor center, the main tour road gate, and the gate at Graves' Battery (stop #7) will be closed beginning Friday, December 6, 2013, in anticipation of a major weather event that will likely result in significant ice accumulation. More »
Fort Donelson Film Series to Explore Civil War Era Songs and Stories
Contact: Douglas J. Richardson, (931)232-5706, ext. 108
Dover, Tennessee- As part of Fort Donelson National Battlefield's Civil War Sesquicentennial programming series, the park will be offering a special showing of a unique film highlighting songs and stories from the Civil War era. "Tennessee Civil War 150: Civil War Songs and Stories" will be shown at the Fort Donelson National Battlefield visitor center on Thursday, November 10, 2011, at 6:00 PM. There is no charge.
Music has the ability to arouse and stir tremendous emotions in people, and that was certainly the case with the American Civil War. This film, produced by Nashville Public Television and the Renaissance Center, as well as the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area and other partners, first ran on NPT earlier this year and received wide praise. The film features powerful performances by the Fisk Jubilee Singers, Crystal Gayle, Matthew Dodd, and many others.
The park and its visitor center will be open normal hours on Friday, November 11, 2011, Veterans' Day. The park staff extends appreciation to all veterans and their families for their work and sacrifices.
For other unique events being offered at Fort Donelson, please consult the park's website, at www.nps.gov/fodo. On the website, visitors can find the park's Sesquicentennial newsletter, highlighting some of the unique opportunities that will help mark the 150th anniversary of this most significant battle.
Did You Know?
The embrasures at Fort Donelson were constructed of sand bags lined with rawhide. The rawhide was wet down to prevent the bags from catching fire during an engagement.