"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

Fort Donelson...Past...Present...Future

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This video shows the beautiful and precious resources of Fort Donelson National Battlefield and National Cemetery. The beautiful vocals are by the 4th grade students, performed on the 100th birthday of the NPS on August 25, 2016.

The Cumberland River

The Confederate River Batteries

Where one of the most incredible naval battles from the Civil War was fought.

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.

Defending the Cumberland

The Lower Confederate Battery

Visitors have the opportunity to have almost the same perspective as the Confederate gunners had on the Cumberland River in February, 1862.

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PO Box 434

Dover, TN 37058


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