Dover in Stewart County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Such slaves as were within the lines at the time of the capture of Fort Donelson... will be employed in the quartermaster's department, for the benefit of Government.
Brig. Gen. Ulysses S.
Education was a major priority among former slaves. By 1864 over 100 students attended the freedmen's school at Fort Donelson, which received praise from teachers and military officials alike.
Freedmen's Camps in Tennessee
In 1860 about 25 percent of Tennessee's people were slaves. With the fall of Fort Donelson and the advance of Union armies into the state, many ran away from their owners in search of freedom. This resulted in a network of contraband camps being set up across middle and west Tennessee.
Erected by Fort Donelson National Battlefield - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
Location. 36° 29.164′ N, 87° 50.823′ W. Marker is in Dover, Tennessee, in Stewart County. Marker is at the intersection of Cemetery Road and Church Street, on the right when traveling south on Cemetery Road. Touch for map. Located at stop 11, the National Cemetery, 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. Hallowed Ground (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cemetery Lodge (about 700 feet away); The Battle of Dover/Confederate Mass Grave The Stewart County Iron Industry (approx. 0.4 miles away); French's Battery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Breakout (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Confederate Breakout (approx. 0.4 miles away); History of the Stewart County Courthouse (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 7, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 717 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on May 5, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 7, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.