Visitor Center Delayed opening, December 8, 2013
UPDATE: The visitor center area will be operating under a two hour delay Sunday, December 8. Anticipated opening time is 10AM. Please use caution, as much ice remains. Today's book club at the Calloway County Public Library will be rescheduled. More »
To request a copy of the Official Park Map and Guide please send request to:
Fort Donelson National Battlefield
Or use the contact us e-mail section provided in this web site.
A limited number of the park's main information brochure is available in a bound Braille format at the Visitor Center desk.
To learn more about the Dover Hotel, known locally as the "Surrender House," you can click here. It was in this building that US General Grant and Confederate General Buckner met to discuss the Confederate surrender.
At stop #11 on the park's self-guided auto tour, you have the opportunity to visit Fort Donelson National Cemetery. At the National Cemetery you will find the final resting place for 670 Union soldiers from the American Civil War, most unidentified. In addition you will see the final resting places for many other veterans and, in some cases, spouses and dependents. It's a very peaceful place. You can read more about it here.
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.