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Fort Donelson National Battlefield

Dover, TN
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Ranked #1 of 5 attractions in Dover
Type: Battlefields, National Parks
Activities: Leisure education
Description: This marks the site where Confederate general Simon B. Buckner surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant, Union general.
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English first
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Children loved seeing real war things. It was great to learn about a battle so long ago so close to home.

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Top Contributor
148 reviews 148 reviews
22 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The area is very nice and we had great weather, but the park is rather small and overgrown with trees so it is very hard to see the fort. No overview place or tower, either. There are better place to visit and I wish they would try to restore the fort to the period time (like Vicksburg, MS is trying... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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395 reviews 395 reviews
165 attraction reviews
253 helpful votes 253 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This is where the Civil War bug bit me for the first time. In the early 1950s, we were en route to Florida for a family vacation and my father, a World War II veteran, decided to stop at Fort Donelson near Dover, Tennessee. I was so inspired by the battlefield that I couldn't wait to get home to read... More

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College Park, Maryland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

My young family enjoyed this scenic Battlefield. The movie is proper for young kids (not too much violence) though the footage / filming might need updating eventually. The staff were SOOO helpful. The museum was interesting with some unique artifacts. We truly enjoyed the Junior Ranger activity booklet. The questions weren't too hard nor the book too time consuming. Who... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
32 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Fort Donelson was a key location which controlled the Tennessee and the Cumberland Rivers which were vital for the movement of men, equipment and supplies to the Army that held them. General U S Grant led the force that captured the strong-point from the Confederate Forces and so became known to President Lincoln who was looking for a General who... More

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Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
28 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

We had stopped at Ft Donelson on our way home from the land between the lakes. I highly recommend the stop the the fort. They have developed a wonderful auto tour. It leads one around the entire battle field and with some imagination one could almost see all of the soldiers and camps in place. In addition one may get... More

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Forney, Texas
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77 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

This was our third (or was it fourth?) visit to Fort Donelson, and each visit has been better than the last. The views of the river are spectacular, and if you're lucky, you just might see a bald eagle! My GGG grandfather fought here, and during this visit I consulted a map and went to the exact spot where his... More

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South Bend, Indiana
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

All this family history! This was a genealogy trip for me;found area where ancestors had lived. Susan in the visitors center went out of her way to help me find locations for family sites. Views of the river were fantastic

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Terre Haute, IN
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

The visitor center is very well done. Watch the video first, then go to the museum part. The staff is super. Very helpful and will help you with personal research on your ancestor in the civil war. You will leave with a much better understanding of how the direction of war can hinge on one battle and how a battle... More

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Upstate New York
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8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Visited Fort Donelson in October just after the government opened up again. What a thrill to see this beautiful park that overlooked the awesome Cumberland River. One could only imagine what it must have been like nearly 152 years ago in February of 1862 when General Grant took the Fort with "Unconditional Surrender terms" to General Simon Buckner-Grant's friend prior... More

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