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

    Fort Donelson

    National Battlefield Tennessee

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  • 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.

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?


On February 16, 1862, Confederate General Simon B. Buckner surrendered Fort Donelson to Ulysses Grant. Several years later, Buckner would serve as the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In 1885, he would serve as a pallbearer to his old friend Ulysses Grant.