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Fort Donelson National Battlefield

Fort Donelson National Battlefield, established by the Act of March 26, 1928, was set aside "with view of preserving and marking such field for historical and professional military study." The park commemorates the battle that gave the North its first victory of the Civil War. More importantly, the military post acted as a safe haven for enslaved runaways from 1862-1865. It was at Fort Donelson that refugees received assistance from Union soldiers and religious and charitable organizations. Fort Donelson eventually became a recruiting station for African American troops in 1863.

Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.

Location: P.O. BOX 434, Dover, 37508

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Richard Hanks, Park Supt.

Location Type: Site

People/Organizations Associated with the site: Ulysses S. Grant