• 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.

Log Huts

Confederate built Log Huts

Log Hut

James P. Bagsby

Soldiers and slaves built more than 400 log huts for winter quarters. For the garrisoned soldiers working on the fort, time passed pleasantly enough. "We lived luxuriously in comfortable tents and log huts," stated one soldier. In addition to the government rations of flour, fresh and cured meats, sugar, and coffee, boats brought boxes from home.
 
Inside View Log Hut

Inside View Log Hut

James P. Bagsby

Off-duty soldiers from the local area hunted and fished in the same locations they frequented not six months before as civilians. Sometime after the surrender, Federals burned the huts because of a measles outbreak.

Did You Know?

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At the time of the 1862 battle, a six-gun Tennessee battery was located where the visitor center is located today. Porter's Battery saw extensive action during the battle, and had many killed, wounded, and taken prisoner. Captain Thomas Porter was seriously wounded during the battle.