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

    Fort Donelson

    National Battlefield Tennessee

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.

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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

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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?

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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.