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

Fort Donelson

 
 
Fort Donelson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
1. Fort Donelson Marker
Inscription. Here the Union won its first major victory of the Civil War. The surrender of Fort Donelson, along with the capture of Forts Henry and Heiman, forced the Confederacy to abandon Nashville and give up southern Kentucky and much of middle and west Tennessee. It also opened the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers as avenues for Union penetration into the Confederate heartland.

It was here that Ulysses S. Grant gained national prominence and earned the nickname "Unconditional Surrender" Grant. The national park includes the remains of Fort Donelson, the upper and lower river batteries, outer rifle pits, the Dover Hotel where the surrender was arranged, and Fort Heiman in Kentucky.

Regulations - Take only pictures. Leave no trace.
• Relic-hunting and metal detecting are strictly forbidden. Violators will be prosecuted.
• Do not walk or climb on earthworks, cannons, monuments, and rock walls. Stay on trails.
• Do not disturb or remove any vegetation or historic objects.
• Hunting and/or possession of firearms or other hunting weaponry is strictly prohibited.
• Pets must be leashed at all times.
• Picnic in designated areas only. Fires are permitted only in grills.

Safety - Your safety is your responsibility.
• Be careful when walking on trails. The terrain may be uneven. Watch for steep hillsides
Area Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
2. Area Map
Showing locations of Forts Donelson, Heiman and Henry.
and unmarked drop-offs.
• Watch for snakes, ticks, stinging insects, spiders, and poison ivy.

Accessibility
• The park visitor center, auditorium, museum, and restrooms are wheelchair-accessible.
• Picnic area restrooms are wheelchair-accessible.
• Trails are not wheelchair-accessible.

Fort Heiman
Intended to help defend the vulnerable Fort Henry, this unfinished work was abandoned at the start of General Grant's February 1862 offensive. Remnants of the fort can still be seen.

Fort Henry
Built to guard against Union ship traffic on the Tennessee River, it was susceptible to infantry attacks and spring flooding. The remains of the fort are now under Kentucky Lake. Only the fort's eastern rifle pits remain above water. They are part of Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.
 
Erected by Fort Donelson National Battlefield - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Battlefield Trails - Civil War marker series.
 
Location. 36° 28.958′ N, 87° 51.761′ W. Marker is in Dover, Tennessee, in Stewart County. Marker is on Fort Donelson Park Road 0.1 miles north of Donelson Parkway (U.S. 79), on the right when traveling north. Click for map
Fort Donelson Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
3. Fort Donelson Map
. Located at the visitor center in the 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. Federal Troops and Casualties at Fort Donelson (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Troops and Casualties at Fort Donelson (a few steps from this marker); 6-pounder Gun (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Porter's Battery (about 400 feet away); Fort Donelson Confederate Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Graves' Battery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Buckner's Division (approx. 0.3 miles away); Union Camp (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dover.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Fort Donelson by Markers
 
Also see . . .  Fort Donelson National Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on November 14, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Information at the Park Visitor Center Parking Area image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
4. Information at the Park Visitor Center Parking Area
Confederate Trenches near the Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
5. Confederate Trenches near the Visitor Center
Park Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
6. Park Visitor Center
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 760 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querιtaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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