"Fort Donelson will hereafter be marked in Capitals on the maps of our United Country..."

Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant was becoming quite famous as he wrote these words following the surrender of Confederate Fort Donelson on Sunday, February 16, 1862. The Union victory at Fort Donelson elated the North, and stunned the South. Within days of the surrender, Clarksville and Nashville would fall into Union hands. Grant and his troops had created a pathway to victory for the Union. Read More

Remembering the Confederate soldiers who served, fought, and died at Fort Donelson in 1862

Confederate Monument at Fort Donelson

Constructed with donations from around the country, and coordinated by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, dedicating it in 1933.

The River Batteries overlooking the Cumberland River.

The Confederate River Batteries

Cannon shots fired upon the Union Brown Water Navy proved effective at this site.

On the banks of the historic Cumberland River in Dover, Tennessee, is the Dover Hotel.

Dover Hotel

It was here that the momentous surrender of Fort Donelson took place, changing the course of the Western Theater of the Civil War.

In 1867, Fort Donelson Cemetery was established as the final resting for Union soldiers and sailors.

National Cemetery

Today the national cemetery contains both Civil War veterans and veterans who have served the United States since that time.

Last updated: July 15, 2020

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PO Box 434

Dover, TN 37058


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