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

Planning to Escape

Planning to Escape Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
1. Planning to Escape Marker
Inscription. The road heading down the ravine (to your left) is Main street. In 1862, it was Forge Road and key to plans to remedy what Generals Floyd, Pillow, Buckner, and Forrest considered a deteriorating situation. The plan took shape at a late-night council of war on February 14 at General Floyd's headquarters in the Dover Hotel. Despite their success in repulsing Union gunboats in the afternoon, the Confederate generals were still gloomy about their prospects of successfully defending Fort Donelson. All agreed that the fort was probably untenable and that they should try to open an escape route before it was too late. General Pillow's division would lead the breakout attempt, supported by Buckner's division and Forrest's cavalry.

The Plan | February 15
Attack and push back the Union right flank to open Forge Road as an escape route to Nashville.

Brigadier General John B. Floyd
"I had already seen the impossibility of holding out for any length of time with our inadequate numbers and indefensible position."

Brigadier General Simon B. Buckner
"We had heard the enemy had received 11,000 reinforcements. This made them three or four times our strength. The only recourse is to mass ourselves on the left and make a sortie to get out."

Brigadier General Nathan Bedford Forrest
"All the officers
Map of Confederate Defenses image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
2. Map of Confederate Defenses
present felt the necessity of cutting our way out. It was therefore resolved to give them battle in the open field the next morning."

Brigadier General Gideon J. Pillow

"I gave orders to have my whole force under arms at 4.30 o'clock and to be ready to march out of our works at precisely 5 o'clock."
Erected by Fort Donelson National Battlefield - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
Location. 36° 28.832′ N, 87° 50.401′ W. Marker is in Dover, Tennessee, in Stewart County. Marker is at the intersection of Natcor Drive (County Route 943) and Main Street, on the right when traveling east on Natcor Drive. Touch for map. Located at stop nine, Forge Road, 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. Texas (here, next to this marker); McCausland's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Greene's Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Brown's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Forrest's Cavalry (within shouting distance of this
Marker and Tablet at Stop Nine image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Marker and Tablet at Stop Nine
marker); Baldwin's Brigade (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Breakout (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Confederate Breakout (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 December 5, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 5, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 491 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 5, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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