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

Fort Donelson

 
 
Fort Donelson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
1. Fort Donelson Marker
Inscription. The mounds of earth you see before you are the remains of Fort Donelson, which originally covered 15 acres. Confederate soldiers and enslaved African Americans built the fort over a period of seven months. The walls, made of logs and earth, stood 10 feet high. Although not as permanent as brick or stone, earthen walls provided better protection against artillery fire.

Confederates built the fort to protect upper and lower batteries along the Cumberland River from land attack. The fort, however, never came under direct land attack. All fighting, except for the ironclad gunboat attacks on the river batteries, took place in the outer defense lines.

Brigadier General Daniel S. Donelson
the man for whom the fort was named, participated in the original 1861 survey that selected the sites for both Forts Henry and Donelson.
 
Erected by Fort Donelson National Battlefield - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
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. Touch for map. Located at stop two in Fort Donelson National Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Dover TN 37058, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Tablet and Marker at Tour Stop Two image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Tablet and Marker at Tour Stop Two
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.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Section of the Inner Fort Wall image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
3. Section of the Inner Fort Wall
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 18, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 430 times since then and 20 times this year. Last updated on May 4, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 18, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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