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

    Fort Donelson

    National Battlefield Tennessee

Fort Donelson to Offer Unique Discussion on the Flags of Secession

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Date: September 20, 2011
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 warmly welcomes Greg Biggs as he offers a special presentation entitled "From Secession to War: The Confederate Flags of 1861." The program will be held at the Fort Donelson visitor center on Thursday, October 6, 2011, at 6PM, along Highway 79 in Dover, Tennessee. There is no charge for attending.

Flags have the ability to arouse and stir tremendous emotions in people, and that was certainly the case with the American Civil War. Greg Biggs, a good friend of Fort Donelson and president of the Clarksville Civil War Roundtable, will discuss how and why the flags of the seceded states developed, and how those flags of secession encouraged and inspired so many a century and a half ago.

 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?

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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.