• 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.

Support Your Park

Fort Donelson entrance sign
You are always welcome at Fort Donelson National Battlefield. The success of this and all other National Parks depends on your support.
Park Staff

The best way to support Fort Donelson National Battlefield and National Cemetery is to visit, either in person or, as you are doing now, virtually.

Another marvelous way to support the park is by donating your time and talents. If you would like to volunteer, you may visit our Volunteer page (link to the left), or call our Volunteer Coordinator at (931)232-5706, ext. 103.

You may also make a financial contribution to Fort Donelson. A donation box is located inside the visitor center. You may also send a donation to:

Fort Donelson National Battlefield

PO Box 434

Dover, Tennessee 37058

We will gladly send a receipt upon request.

We humbly thank you for your past, present and future support.

Did You Know?


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.