Dover in Stewart County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
February 15, 1862
Col. J.D. Webster, USA
The advantage lay with the Confederates. They could press the attack and possibly destroy Grant's army, or follow their original plan to escape. They did neither. General Pillow, whose initial assault had proved so successful, now mysteriously ordered his men back into the entrenchments. General Buckner, having moved his division from the right to support the breakout, challenged Pillow's orders. As the commanders argued among themselves, a lull settled over the battlefield.
By this time Union General Grant had returned from his meeting with the naval commander. Sensing an opportunity to save his army, Grant ordered his men to retake the position on the Union right, and then directed General Smith to attack the Confederate entrenchments near the river. By early evening, both attacks had proved successful. The Federal forces had recovered most of the ground lost earlier in the day. And General Smith's troops on the Union left had captured the rifle pits of the Confederate interior
"We are completely invested with an army many times our own numbers. I regret to say the unanimous opinion of the officers seems to be that we cannot maintain ourselves against these forces."
Brig. Gen. John B. Floyd, CSA
February 16, 1862
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #18 Ulysses S. Grant series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 16, 1862.
Location. 36° 28.808′ N, 87° 50.642′ W. Marker is in Dover, Tennessee, in Stewart County. Marker is at the intersection of Cedar Street and Wynn's Ferry Loop, on the right when traveling east on Cedar Street. 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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dover TN 37058, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); Original Position (about 400 feet away); Baldwin's Brigade (about 600 feet away); Forrest's Cavalry McCausland's Brigade (approx. ¼ mile away); Planning to Escape (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
Also see . . . Fort Donelson. National Park Service site. (Submitted on November 30, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 572 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 10, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 30, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.