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.
Connie Wilson, NPS Volunteer
During the Battle of Fort Donelson, the weather was often brutally cold, snowy, and icy. Many soldiers on both sides of the conflict endured harsh conditions. This is how the Confederate Monument looked on January 27, 2011, after an evening of snow.
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.