• The legendary battle between Confederate guns and US ironclads at Fort Donelson, February 14, 1862.

    Fort Donelson

    National Battlefield Tennessee

Event Details

  • 02/14/2015

    February 14, 1862
    Location: Fort Donelson National Battlefield, River Batteries, Stop #4 | Map Time: 3:00 PM Fee Information: None Contact Name: Douglas J. Richardson Contact Email: e-mail us Contact Phone Number: (931)232-5706, ext. 108

On February 14, 1862, the Confederate guns at Fort Donelson engaged with the guns of the Union "ironclads," exchanging what were nicknamed "iron valentines." 

While watching the battle, Nathan Bedford Forrest was quoted as saying,"For God's sake, pray; nothing but God Almighty can save that fort!"

Although Ulysses Grant and Andrew H. Foote expected a repeat of their quick victory at Fort Henry a few days ago, they were denied a repeat of that victory at Fort Donelson. The Confederate guns won a decisive victory that day.

Meet a Park Ranger and guests and learn more about what happened on the Cumberland River on this date 152 years ago.