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

Holding the Outer Lines

 
 
Holding the Outer Lines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
1. Holding the Outer Lines Marker
Inscription. The remains of the trenches you see here are part of the outer line of defenses that protected Fort Donelson against land attack. This part of the line was initially occupied by Capt. Rice E. Graves' six-gun Kentucky Battery with instructions to keep Union troops out of Indian Creek Valley.

On February 13, 1862, when Union General McClernand tried to capture Capt. Frank Maney's four-gun Tennessee Battery on the ridge southeast of here, Graves' Battery was instrumental in thwarting the Federal attack. During this battle, the first major fighting between the two armies, exploding shells ignited dry leaves and brush below Maney's position, and the ensuing fire killed a number of Union wounded. A few Confederates rescued some of the Union soldiers from the flames.

The outer line entrenchments, hurriedly built after the surrender of Fort Henry, ran in a broken semi-circle from Hickman Creek on the west to near the Cumberland River beyond the town of Dover on the east.
 
Erected by Fort Donelson National Battlefield - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 36° 28.884′ N, 87° 51.448′ W. Marker is in Dover, Tennessee, in Stewart County. Marker is on Park Road near Eddyville Road, on
Map of the Outer Fortifications image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
2. Map of the Outer Fortifications
the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located at Stop 7 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. Graves' Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Forrest's Cavalry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Federal Troops and Casualties at Fort Donelson (approx. 0.3 miles away); Confederate Troops and Casualties at Fort Donelson (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Donelson (approx. 0.3 miles away); 6-pounder Gun (approx. 0.3 miles away); Porter's Battery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Donelson Confederate Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dover.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Donelson. National Park Service site. (Submitted on November 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Holding the Outer Lines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
3. Holding the Outer Lines Marker
Confederate Outer Lines image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
4. Confederate Outer Lines
Traces of the trench lines exist today.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 374 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on , by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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