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

Fort Henry

Fort Donelson National Battlefield

 
 
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By William Bruce, December 22, 2015
1. Fort Henry Marker
Inscription. Fort Henry is part of Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. Located 12 miles west of Fort Donelson on the eastern bank of the Tennessee River, Fort Henry was a five-sided, open-bastioned earthen fort designed to guard against Union ship traffic. The fort was, however, vulnerable to infantry attacks and spring flooding, and easily fell to the powerful Union gunboat flotilla during the February 6, 1862, attack. Fort Henry's remains now lie beneath the waters of Kentucky Lake, created when the Tennessee River was dammed in the 1930s. The outer defenses, however, remain above water and are still visible. The Civil War Sites Advisory Commission has designated Fort Henry as one of the Civil War's principal battlefields.

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Fort Heiman
Intended to help defend the vulnerable Fort Henry, this unfinished work was abandoned at the start of General Grant's February 1862 offensive and never fired a shot. Remnants of the fort can still be seen. The fort is now part of Fort Donelson National Battlefield.

Fort Donelson
Site of the North's first major victory of the Civil War, the park preserves the remains of the fort itself, two river batteries, outer rifle pits, and the Dover Hotel where the fort's surrender was arranged.
 
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Fort Henry Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Bruce, December 22, 2015
2. Fort Henry Marker
National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
 
Location. 36° 30.38′ N, 88° 1.537′ W. Marker is in Dover, Tennessee, in Stewart County. Marker can be reached from Forest Road 232 0.3 miles west of Boswell Landing Road (Forest Road 233), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located at end of Fort Henry Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Dover TN 37058, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Fort Henry (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Fort Henry (approx. 3 miles away); Advance On Fort Donelson (approx. 4 miles away); Advance on Fort Donelson (approx. 4 miles away); Gerard Furnace (approx. 5.3 miles away in Kentucky); Fort Heiman (approx. 5.4 miles away in Kentucky); Forrest at Paris Landing (approx. 5.4 miles away); Naval Warfare (approx. 5.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Fort Donelson National Battlefield. National Park Service (Submitted on December 30, 2015.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Fort Henry Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Bruce, December 22, 2015
3. Fort Henry Marker
Fort Henry Marker: Turn off to Fort Henry Trail from Fort Henry Road at 36.507024, -88.020545 image. Click for full size.
By William Bruce, December 22, 2015
4. Fort Henry Marker: Turn off to Fort Henry Trail from Fort Henry Road at 36.507024, -88.020545
Confederate Outerworks east of marker at: 36.506634, -88.022345 image. Click for full size.
By William Bruce, December 22, 2015
5. Confederate Outerworks east of marker at: 36.506634, -88.022345
Confederate Outerworks east of marker at: 36.506634, -88.022345 image. Click for full size.
By William Bruce, December 22, 2015
6. Confederate Outerworks east of marker at: 36.506634, -88.022345
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 26, 2015, by William Bruce of Madison, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 206 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 26, 2015, by William Bruce of Madison, Wisconsin. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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