• 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.

January 2013 Events and Programs at Fort Donelson

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Date: January 1, 2013
Contact: Doug Richardson, (931) 232-5706

January 2013 at Fort Donelson

The visitor center is open daily from 8:00AM to 4:30 PM.

The exhibit room at the Dover Hotel (Stop #10) is open daily from 8:15AM to 4:00PM.

The park's visitor center will be closed on Tuesday January 1.


Saturday, January 12, 2013, 1:00PM, National Cemetery Ranger Station

"Do you Give A Hoot? Owls and Other Birds at Fort Donelson"

Learn about owls and other birds that call this park home. This hands-on activity will help us understand their vital role in our ecosystem. Supplies are limited, so let Ranger Bill know that you are coming at (931) 232-5706 extension 109. Free!

Thursday, January 24, 2013, 6:00PM, Fort Donelson Visitor Center

A free big-screen showing of Ken Burns' "The Civil War: Episode Four," which examines the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation, engagements at Fredericksburg, Vicksburg, and other defining moments and events of 1863, 150 years ago.

Sunday, January 20, 2013, 3:00PM, Calloway County (KY) Public Library


Thursday, January 31, 2013, 6:00PM, Fort Donelson visitor center

The Fort Donelson National Battlefield book club continues with a discussion of Tony Horwitz's Midnight Rising.Some free copies are available for participants at both locations. Reading the book is not a requirement for joining the discussion.

Did You Know?


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.