Dover in Stewart County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
February 15, 1862
Brig. Gen. Lew Wallace, USA
Their escape plans finalized, the Confederates passed the night of February 14 preparing for the attack on the Union right wing. Men, artillery and horses were moved into position, while high winds from a winter storm prevented all sound from carrying to the Union lines.
Saturday, February 15, was clear and cold. Northern soldiers, having suffered severely during the night, rose early, building fires and frying bacon brought up by supply wagons the evening before. Shortly after daybreak, the Confederates launched their attack against the unprepared Union position. Outnumbered, the Union troops were gradually forced to withdraw. By mid-morning the Confederates had achieved their main objective. The road to Nashville, and freedom, was clear.
"On the honor of a soldier, the day is ours!"
Brig. Gen. Gideon Pillow, CSA
Brigadier General Gideon Pillow, second-in-command of the Confederate forces at Fort Donelson, launched the attempted breakout. As a prosperous Tennessee lawyer prior to 1861, Pillow had earned a controversial
Brigadier General John McClernand, an Illinois Congressman before the Civil War, commanded the First Division of General Grant's army at Fort Donelson. Occupying the extreme right wing of the Union line, McClernand's troops felt the full force of the Confederate breakout attempt.
Location. 36° 28.808′ N, 87° 50.642′ W. Marker is in Dover, Tennessee, in Stewart County. Marker is on Cedar Street near Wynn's Ferry Loop, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located on a footpath (actually formerly a park road) extending from Cedar Street at stop eight, French's Battery, 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 marker. A different marker also named Confederate Breakout (here, next to this marker); French's Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Wharton's Brigade (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Baldwin's Brigade (about 600 feet away); Forrest's Cavalry (approx. 0.2 miles away); McCausland's Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); Planning to Escape (approx. 0.2 miles away); Texas (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dover.
Also see . . . Fort Donelson. National Park Service site. (Submitted on November 30, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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