Special Film to be Shown Commemorating the Beginning of the Civil War

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Date: March 14, 2011
Contact: Douglas J. Richardson, (931)232-5706, ext. 108

Special Film about Fort Sumter to be Shown at Fort Donelson National Battlefield

Dover, Tennessee—A century and a half ago, on April 12, 1861, the first shots of the American Civil War were shot, at Fort Sumter in South Carolina. After over thirty hours of bloody fighting the Union fort fell, and the American flag was taken down. It would take another four years before the American flag would be flown again at Fort Sumter.


A special film about the significance of Fort Sumter will be shown at the Fort Donelson National Battlefield visitor center, along Highway 79 in Dover. The film will be shown at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, and a discussion will follow. There is no charge for the program. This film will be shown as part of the park's ongoing film series that will explore the causes and effects of the American Civil War throughout the 150th anniversary commemoration.


The National Park Service preserves and interprets the site of the 1862 Battle of Fort Donelson, which includes the Civil War fort, earthworks, monuments, historic Dover Hotel, national cemetery, and historic and cultural resources at Fort Heiman, Kentucky. Please contact Park Ranger Doug Richardson for more information at 931-232-5706 x 108.


Fort Sumter


An artist's conception of the first battle between North and South at Fort Sumter, April 12, 1861.

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