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

Dover Hotel

Surrender House

 
 
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By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
1. Dover Hotel Marker
Inscription. Built between 1851 and 1853, this hotel accommodated riverboat travelers before and after the Civil War. Confederate General Buckner and his staff used the hotel as their headquarters during the battle. After Buckner accepted what he called Grant's "ungenerous and unchivalrous" terms of surrender, the two generals met here to work out the details. Their conversation was friendly. They had been friends before the war and students together at West Point. Grant conveyed his respect for his opponent's ability, while Buckner bore the defeat with dignity. After the war they would renew their friendship. Buckner would become governor of Kentucky, and Grant the 18th president of the United States.

General Grant's letter to Confederate General Buckner
"No terms except unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted."

Buckner's reply
"...to accept the ungenerous and unchivalrous terms which you propose."
 
Erected by Fort Donelson National Battlefield - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 36° 29.338′ N, 87° 50.191′ W. Marker is in Dover, Tennessee, in Stewart County. Marker is on Petty Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located at stop ten,
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By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
2. Dover Hotel and Marker
Dover Hotel, of 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. 13,000 Prisoners (a few steps from this marker); C.S.A Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Rice House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Rice House (within shouting distance of this marker); Surrender House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); History of the Stewart County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Stewart County Iron Industry (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Battle of Dover/Confederate Mass Grave (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 December 5, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
3. Dover Hotel
 
 
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 541 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 5, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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