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11 minutes, 34 seconds

Done sometime in the 1960s, this film does do a good job at explaining the geographical ramifications of the Battle. It also reminds us of the importance of doing what we can to save historic features such as the surviving Confederate earthworks, cannons, and more. You can see our "new(er)" movie at our visitor center daily.

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FODO-12-Iron Valentines
The way it might have looked, February 14, 1862


Why so significant? Former Fort Donelson National Battlefield Park Ranger Buzz Bazar will share with you why this battle was a game changing one.

Courtesy of our friends at C-Span.

You can watch the video here...

Kendall Gott at Jackson's Battery


On February 11, 2012, Professor Kendall Gott, author of Where the South Lost the War: An Analysis of the Fort Henry, Fort Donelson Campaign visited the park and shared his thoughts on the significance of this campaign. You can watch the video of this presentation here, courtesy of our friends at C-Span.

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4 minutes, 39 seconds

Video taken of a special encampment interpreting a Union infantry unit, as part of the park's 149th Anniversary commemoration.

Grant writing his Memoirs
Ulysses Grant writing his memoirs.


Near the end of his life, in search for financial security for his family, former President Ulysses S. Grant wrote his memoirs. Often considered a classic, and among the best of American writings, you can read Grant's Memoirs here.

Dr. John H. Brinton
Dr. John H. Brinton

Major John H. Brinton was an essential part of the Fort Henry and Fort Donelson campaign. Dr. Brinton was responsible for the establishment of field hospitals and the care of the wounded during the Battle of Fort Donelson. His memoir provides a most unique insight into the thoughts of his superior,Ulysses S. Grant.The Personal Memoirs of John H. Brinton, Civil War Surgeon, 1861-1865, can be read here.

Jackson's Battery, winter 2011
Jackson's Battery, Winter, 2011.


No study of the American Civil War is complete without visiting the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Often, and affectionately, known as the "ORs," these records included official reports, orders, maps, and so forth. The process of compiling the ORs began before the end of the War. It took many years, however, for them to be printed, finally being published between 1881 and 1901. The Fort Henry and Fort Donelson campaign of 1862 can be found in Series I, Volume 7...a digital copy of which can be found here.


Last updated: July 12, 2016

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