Special Living History Encampment Labor Day Weekend at Fort Donelson
Contact: Douglas J. Richardson, (931)232-5706, ext. 108
As the Nation commemorates the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War this year, Fort Donelson National Battlefield commemorates the anniversary of the building of this unique Confederate fort intended to protect the Cumberland River.
On September 3 and 4, a living history encampment will be offered at the main unit of Fort Donelson National Battlefield, along Highway 79 in Dover, Tennessee. During the weekend, visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the strategic importance of this Confederate fort, how it was built, and how troops were recruited for the Confederate cause. The encampment will be available from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM both days.
On Saturday, September 3, 2011, a special Junior Ranger program opportunity will be available for kids and their families. At 11:00 AM, Junior Rangers and their families can meet a Park Ranger at the picnic pavilion beside the visitor center. They will learn about early Civil War journalism, about some of those journalists and artists who covered the Fort Henry and Fort Donelson campaign, and how their work help us understand the battles 150 years later. Participants will then be given either a camera or sketchbook to explore the park and cover the encampment as a journalist would do. Supplies are limited, so interested participants must register by calling (931)232-5706, ext. 108, by August 31.
Special events during the encampments, including periodic musket firings, will be announced at the visitor center.
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.