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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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College Park, Maryland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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32 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
27 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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115 reviews 115 reviews
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
48 helpful votes 48 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 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Decided this would be a great motorcycle ride! Had no idea what a beautiful area this is, and very informative and interesting!!! We also found out that there are bald eagles in the park! We saw only one, from quiet a distance away, but I think they are pretty common to the area, there was a lady there with a... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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131 reviews 131 reviews
35 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Very interesting and beautiful view of the river. Great place for a picnic or a hike. Highly recommend if you are in the area. No fee to visit. Close to Land Between the Lakes and Paris State Park. Beautiful area.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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122 reviews 122 reviews
49 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

This is my second visit to Fort Donelson. My first was way back in 1998. Yeah...they had cars back then! To be honest, not much have changed since 1998. There are more cannons facing the Cumberland now. There were only ONE back in 1998. Otherwise, it was pretty much the same. I did some little hiking but the entire area... More

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