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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.
Photographed 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.
 
Topics. This historical marker
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Photographed By Shane Oliver, February 7, 2021
2. Holding the Outer Lines Marker
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is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1862.
 
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 the right when traveling east. Located at Stop 7 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. Graves' Battery C.S.A. (here, next to this marker); Graves' Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Forrest's Cavalry (approx. Ό mile away); Confederate Trenches (approx. 0.3 miles away); 6-pounder Gun (approx. 0.3 miles away); Porter's Battery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Donelson Confederate Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Donelson. National Park Service site. (Submitted on November 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Map of the Outer Fortifications image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
3. Map of the Outer Fortifications
Holding the Outer Lines Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
4. Holding the Outer Lines Marker
Confederate Outer Lines image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
5. Confederate Outer Lines
Traces of the trench lines exist today.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 571 times since then and 19 times this year. Last updated on February 18, 2013, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Photos:   1. submitted on November 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on May 10, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on November 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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Aug. 10, 2022