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Fort Donelson National Battlefield

Address: Dover, TN
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Dover
Type: Battlefields, National Parks, Cultural
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: This marks the site where Confederate general Simon B. Buckner surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant...
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Type: Battlefields, National Parks, Cultural
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: This marks the site where Confederate general Simon B. Buckner surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant, Union general.
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Dover,TN
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

When visiting Fort Donelson start your visit at the museum / gift shop and short movie about the river battle. It will enhance the experience on what you are going to see. And for a best experience plan your visit in May for Eagle Fest. The baby Bald Eagles try to leave the nest around this time. It's all good... More 

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Clarksville, Tennessee
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264 reviews 264 reviews
68 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

My husband and I stopped here on our way to Memphis. He was here previously and took many beautiful photographs. There are rolling hills, monuments, picnic tables and a wonderful self-guided trail. There is something for everybody. We did not stop by the visitor's center or gift shop as we were in a hurry to get back on the road.... More 

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Skagway, Alaska
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Enjoyed the visit here. The visitor center is set up well in a small area, the drive is nice, staff helpful, view lovely and history rich!

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Harrisburg, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I didn't get to see everything as I was here on business and just killing time but take a drive through and get out and view the river overlook and take in some of the areas history. Im sure you will be glad you did.

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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194 reviews 194 reviews
67 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

After going to Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, my sons (8 and 10) decided they wanted to complete the Civil War Trail and get the related badge. In order to do that, you have to go to 3 National Battlefields or other National Parks and do the Junior Ranger Program in each. We first went to Stones River and... More 

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Gosport
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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150 reviews 150 reviews
22 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 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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209 attraction reviews
367 helpful votes 367 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
35 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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