• 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.

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Welcome to The Fort Donelson Podcast Site. Simply click on any of the links to listen on your computer or right click and save target as and download to your computer and transfer it to your MP 3 Player to listen at your convenience.

Introduction to the Campaign for Forts Henry and Donelson.

The Confederate Monument

The River Battle

The Confederate Breakout Attempt

The Surrender House ( Dover Hotel)

National Cemetery

Underground RailRoad

Dover Hotel

The Dover Hotel as it looked on the 149th Anniversary of the surrender.


On February 16, 1862, after exchanging communications earlier in the morning, Confederate General Simon B. Buckner surrendered his army, and himself, to his opponent, and old friend, Union General Ulysses S. Grant. The two men met at the Dover Hotel, along the Cumberland River, and discussed the terms and logistics of surrender. The Dover Hotel is the only surviving "surrender" building that survives from the Civil War era. Click here to hear a brief history of the event.

Did You Know?


Andrew Foote, commander of the Navy flotilla at Fort Donelson, insisted on total abstinence for the crews, mandatory religious services and observance of the Sabbath, and he himself rarely swore. It was said that he could preach, fight, or pray with equal facility. More...