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

    Fort Donelson

    National Battlefield Tennessee

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June 16, 2014
Fort Donelson and Paris Landing State Park to Welcome 129th Army Band for Performance on July 2 2014
Special performance by a wonderful group with a fantastic history.

June 02, 2014
Fort Donelson National Battlefield to conduct a Photographic Bioblitz with Volunteer Citizen Scientists
An opportunity to help document and be part of the marvelous resources at Fort Donelson.

March 25, 2014
Civil War Trust Park Day at Fort Donelson April 5 2014
A way to help preserve the park for future generations.

March 03, 2014
Tourism to Fort Donelson National Battlefield creates in Economic Benefit Report shows visitor spending supports 226 jobs in local economy
National Parks are proud of the multiple ways they impact local communities.

February 19, 2014
FORT DONELSON NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD AND TENNESSEE STATE PARKS PRESENT A FREE SNEAK-PREVIEW SCREENING TO CELEBRATE THE NEW PUBLIC TV SERIES - PLUS A PERFORMANCE BY CUMBERLAND WINDS
Special sneak peek of show to be later premiered on PBS!

January 24, 2014
Fort Donelson National Battlefield Offers Events to Commemorate the 152nd Anniversary of the Battle
Multiple events to commemorate the 152nd anniversary of this game-changing battle.

January 20, 2014
Fort Donelson NB and the Calloway County Public Library to Offer Program Commemorating on the Life of Civil War Medal of Honor Winner Andrew Jackson Smith
Special program to commemorate the life of this remarkable man.

January 17, 2014
Fort Donelson Says Farewell to Long Time Employee Mitchell Earhart
Thirty years of good work much appreciated by the park and visitors.

December 05, 2013
Fort Donelson Facilities and Roads to Close December 6 in Anticipation of Winter Weather
Significant winter weather event is forecasting significant ice accumulations. Visitor and staff health and safety is given top priority.

October 17, 2013
Fort Donelson National Battlefield Reopens Following Shutdown
All park facilities reopened for normal visitor use.

May 26, 2013
Fort Donelson National Battlefield Prepares for New Visitor Center Exhibits
New exhibits intended to help all audiences understand the Fort Donelson story.

May 03, 2013
Special May 2013 Programs at Fort Donelson
A special month with special program opportunities.

March 01, 2013
Fort Donelson Announces March 2013 Activities
Highlighting one of the most remarkable first person accounts of the American Civil War.

February 28, 2013
Fort Donelson National Battlefield Tourism Creates a Significant Local Economic Benefit
National Parks are proud to play a vital role in the local economy.

January 23, 2013
Fort Donelson Announces February 2013 Programs
Commemorating the 151st Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Donelson and the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Dover, Tennessee.

January 01, 2013
January 2013 Events and Programs at Fort Donelson
A variety of programs and opportunities for all ages.

November 20, 2012
Fort Donelson Offers Chance to Meet New Superintendent
A chance to meet Brian and his family.

November 20, 2012
Fort Donelson Says Farewell to Two Long Time Employees
The park wishes Debbie Wood and Jimmy Jobe well.

November 06, 2012
Fort Donelson Welcomes Brian McCutchen as the New Superintendent
The park welcomes Superintendent McCutchen and his family.

October 29, 2012
Fort Donelson Announces November 2012 Programs
Multiple opportunities for all...

September 02, 2011
Gates to be Closed at 6:00PM at Fort Donelson National Battlefield
Gates are intended to help protect the precious cultural and natural resources at Fort Donelson National Battlefield.

 

Successful Partnership Creates Award-Winning Film for Schoolchildren

Dover, Tennessee—Kids always have heroes, but you’d never think that they’d chose a Civil War soldier or nurse, or even a runaway slave as a hero, now would you? Well, you might if you were an elementary or middle school student who’s seen FortDonelson: A Place for Heroes, a new film created by the TennesseeRenaissanceCenter, Dickson, Tennessee, and the Park Ranger staff at Fort Donelson National Battlefield.

FORT HEIMAN SITE, CALLOWAY, KY, TO BECOME A UNIT OF FORT DONELSON NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD

Fort DonelsonNB, TN – On Monday, October 30, 2006, the Calloway County Executive Office will officially announce the transfer of properties associated with FortHeiman in Calloway County, Kentucky, to the National Park Service. A news conference hosted by the County Executive Office is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Did You Know?

Grant at Fort Donelson

BG Charles F. Smith, a division commander under BG US Grant during the Battle of Fort Donelson, was Commandant of Cadets during Grants and Buckner’s time at West Point.