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

Fort Donelson

 
 
Fort Donelson Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
1. Fort Donelson Tablet
Inscription.
C.S.A.
Fort Donelson
The Confederate defenses consisted of this fort, two water batteries and the line of rifle pits enclosing these and the town of Dover. The garrison of the fort proper consisted of the
30th Tennessee,   Colonel John W. Head
49th Tennessee,   Colonel James E. Bailey
50th Tennessee,   Cyrus A. Sugg

This force was organized by General Pillow upon his arrival on February 9, 1862 as a brigade under Colonel Head.

On February 12, Colonel Head’s regiment was ordered to a portion of the outer defenses and the immediate command of the fort passed to Colonel Bailey. The artillery armament of this fort consisted of one 8-inch howitzer and two 9-pound iron guns under Lieutenant P. K. Stankiewicz.

The main line of resistance consisted of the line of trenches which extend from Hickman Creek over a distance of approximately two miles along the crest of the hills and envelop the town of Dover. At some points in front of the intrenchments felled trees formed an abatis and presented a difficult obstacle in the path of the attacker.
 
Location. 36° 29.444′ N, 87° 51.405′ W. Marker is in Dover, Tennessee, in Stewart County. Marker is on Fort Donelson Park Road, on the left when traveling east
Tablet and Marker at Tour Stop Two image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
2. Tablet and Marker at Tour Stop Two
. Touch for map. Located at stop 2 in 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 Fort Donelson (here, next to this marker); Quarters for the Troops (approx. 0.2 miles away); Life at Fort Donelson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stankiewicz's Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Powder Magazine (approx. ¼ mile away); With Admirable Precision (approx. ¼ mile away); Gun Positions (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Upper Water Battery (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Donelson National Battlefield. National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 2, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Battle of Fort Donelson, Tennessee. Fort Donelson Official Records webpage. (Submitted on August 2, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Artillery at Fort Donelson image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 27, 2003
3. Artillery at Fort Donelson
This 15-acre earthen fort protected the Cumberland River batteries from land attack.
Lower River Battery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 27, 2003
4. Lower River Battery
This battery protected the fort on the Cumberland River. On February 14, 1862, Confederate gunners stationed here defeated a Union flotilla consisting of ironclad and wooden gunboats.
Fort Donelson National Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 27, 2003
5. Fort Donelson National Battlefield
The marker is located in the main unit of Fort Donelson National Battlefield.
Confederate Trenches image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
6. Confederate Trenches
This section of trenches runs beside the tour road and is a portion of the interior defenses.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 2, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,104 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 18, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on August 2, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   6. submitted on November 18, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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