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Dover in Stewart County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Buckner's Defense

 
 
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By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
1. Buckner's Defense Marker
Inscription. To stop the Confederate break-out attempt on February 15, Grant sent his reorganized troops against the Confederate left. At the same time, to take advantage of the weakened enemy line, he sent C.F. Smith's Division against the Confederate right. Smith's forces rolled over the Confederate outer defenses and pushed the Southerners back to a position along the ridge in front of you. There the charge was halted by Buckner's forces who had arrived just as the Union assault had begun. Afterwards, Buckner paid tribute to the field artillery for its role in checking the Yankee advance. The strong new defensive position on the ridge and the coming of night ended the fighting. The Union forces grudgingly withdrew to the old Confederate defensive line. In this desperate fighting several hundred men lost their lives. Many of them still lie in this area in unmarked graves.
 
Location. 36° 29.206′ N, 87° 51.641′ W. Marker is in Dover, Tennessee, in Stewart County. Marker is on Fort Donelson Park Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located at stop five, Buckner's Defense, on the driving tour of Fort Donelson National Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Dover TN 37058, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this
Buckner's Defense Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
2. Buckner's Defense Marker
marker. Buckner's Division (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Donelson Confederate Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Union Camp (approx. mile away); Lauman's Brigade (approx. mile away); Seizing the Initiative (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jackson's Virginia Battery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Donelson (approx. 0.3 miles away); Federal Troops and Casualties at Fort Donelson (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dover.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Donelson. National Park Service site. (Submitted on November 17, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 332 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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