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

    Fort Donelson

    National Battlefield Tennessee

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Gates to be Closed at 6:00PM at Fort Donelson National Battlefield

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Date: September 2, 2011
Contact: Michael Manning, (931)232-5348, ext. 108

Effective September 6, the gate at the main unit of Fort Donelson National Battlefield will be closed at 6:00 PM. Cars will not be admitted beyond the gate after 5:45 PM, and all vehicles must be off the tour road by 6:00 PM.

The gate at Graves' Battery, stop #7 on the park's self-guided auto tour route, will be closed at the same time.

The visitor center for Fort Donelson National Battlefield is easily accessed from Highway 79 in Dover, Tennessee. The park protects historical, cultural, and natural resources associated with the February, 1862, Battle of Fort Donelson, one of the most significant engagements of the American Civil War.

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.