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Fort Donelson National Battlefield

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Address: Dover, TN
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Activities: Leisure education
Description: This marks the site where Confederate general Simon B. Buckner surrendered...
This marks the site where Confederate general Simon B. Buckner surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant, Union general.
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We were at Fort Donelson with an organized tour. The museum was interesting and grounds well kept. At the observation point the scenery was magnificent, however, the guide that... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 27, 2014
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Jerusalem, Israel
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Jerusalem, Israel
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109 reviews 109 reviews
37 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We were at Fort Donelson with an organized tour. The museum was interesting and grounds well kept. At the observation point the scenery was magnificent, however, the guide that accompanied us kept talking and repeating himself and we couldn't help but notice that people kept looking at their watches. A shame!

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Wilkeson, Washington
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 via mobile

What a beautiful area and soooo quiet! Loved learning the history of this very large battle and trying to envision how things were for the troops who fought. Be sure to stop and get a map prior to driving as it has great explanations of what you will be viewing. The battery guns down by the river show the shear... More 

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Dover,TN
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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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298 reviews 298 reviews
91 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 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
5 helpful votes 5 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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204 reviews 204 reviews
67 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 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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US
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155 reviews 155 reviews
22 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 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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618 reviews 618 reviews
229 attraction reviews
408 helpful votes 408 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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