Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Dover

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  • Fort Donelson (February 1862) was the first big Union victory of the Civil War and started Ulysses S. Grant on the road to the presidency. The visitor center is under construction, so it's temporarily...  more »
  • Nice area to visit to get a little bit of history. You can visit at your own leisure, but worth a quick stop.  more »
  • My g-g-grandfather was wounded at the battle of Fort Donelson. . .so I was really interested in learning about it. The ranger (I'm so sorry I didn't get his name) was SO helpful. He asked what infantr...  more »
  • Wonderful Civil War site to visit. Helpful staff. You know your family member that fought there...they can tell you exactly their Battle History and send you to grassy trench they fought in. Site of Bald Eagle nesting. Some 24 Eaglets in about 22 years. "THE EAGLE LADY VOLUNTEER" drives throughout the park near the huge eagle nest. Has great pictures of past hatchlings to show you. Super knowledgeable. Cabins for rent. Outdoor pavilion and playground.
  • I am a huge Civil War buff and I try to go to Fort Donelson every year. I love the museum - it's small but it has a lot of interesting artifacts and I enjoy walking the trail to the Cumberland River where the cannon emplacements were. I can only imagine the chaos and noise of the battle. On another note, I always look forward to seeing the bald eagles. They were on the verge of extinction when I was a child, and now they are almost a common sight.
  • Very cool place. Lots of fortifications too wander in. Good guide info. Make sure to use the phone friendly guide, it plays tour guide for you at different sites.
  • Love looking in on the Bald Eagles, we stop back frequently to watch the eaglets.
  • Fort Donelson National Battlefield Park tells the story of one of the critical battles of the Civil War, where General Grant defeated his friend, General Simon Bolivar Buckner, to open the route for Union troops to enter the Confederacy. When we went, the Visitor Center was closed for renovation, but the temporary facility was pretty good. The rangers and volunteers were friendly and helpful, and my daughter enjoyed earning three Junior Ranger badges (Fort Donelson, Underground Railroad, and Eco Ranger). It is definitely well worth a detour on a drive from Nashville to St. Louis.

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