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

    Fort Donelson

    National Battlefield Tennessee

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Fort Donelson Film Series to Feature Buster Keaton Comedy Classic

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Date: August 1, 2011
Contact: Douglas J. Richardson, (931)232-5706, ext. 108


Fort Donelson National Battlefield's Civil War Sesquicentennial Film series will continue on Thursday, August 11, 2011, at 6:00 PM, with a showing of the silent film classic "The General" starring Buster Keaton. Keaton plays a man who wants nothing more than to join the Confederate States Army, but the Confederates feel he is more useful as a locomotive engineer.

The film is one of the classics of American cinema, and a good example of how Hollywood interpreted the Civil War on the movie screen.

There is no charge for this film, which will be shown at the Fort Donelson National Battlefield visitor center, along HWY 79 in Dover.

Did You Know?


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.