Fort Donelson Status March 7 2014
The park's visitor center is open today, March 7, 2014. The main tour road is now open. The Dover Hotel is open. Stop #7 is closed. Park staff is working on removing ice and snow. Many local roads, especially back roads, are still treacherous.
This area became a Union camp following the success of Smith’s attack. During the night, while both sides strengthened their positions, surrender discussions began. White flags raised over the Confederate positions at daybreak on February 16 saddened the Confederates and created joy among the Federals. Following the surrender, the Union troops camped here were given the honor of being the first to march into Fort Donelson.
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.