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Fort Donelson National Battlefield

Dover, TN
+1 931-232-5706
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Union Victory

This is where 2 former classmates at West Point were pitted against one another. General Grant and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
hoef972
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Manhattan, Kansas
Early Civil War Pivotal Battle

For Donelson National Battlefield was worth seeing. The visitor center is being renovated so we... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
stancal
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Sugar Land
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This marks the site where Confederate general Simon B. Buckner surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant, Union general.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good33%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
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Dover, TN
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is where 2 former classmates at West Point were pitted against one another. General Grant and General Buckner. Buckner who had assumed command at Fort Donelson after Generals Floyd and Pillow ran from the situation. Grant who had the fort surrounded soon asked Buckner...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For Donelson National Battlefield was worth seeing. The visitor center is being renovated so we saw it outside the park. Worth doing as the rangers have lots of information. The self-guided tour is well done and it is easy to park at the stops along...More

Thank stancal
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we visited, the NP visitor center was being remodeled, so they were sharing a space with a local organization just to the west... the fort site itself is enormous... a vary extensive earthwork surrounds a very large area, and a winter quarters cabin is...More

Thank Robert M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the battlefield and thought it was great. The battle is much easier to comprehend than those of Vicksburg, Shiloh, Gettysburg, etc because it is smaller and straightforward. You really need to start at the visitor center, which is the county visitor center. It...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Stop by and talk to the Rangers, they have lots of information about the park and the history. There are replica troop tents, and the lookout over the Cumberland river is awesome with all the cannons in place, it's a real sight to see!

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Reviewed June 10, 2018 via mobile

Lots of canons at every stop was what my DS felt so very enjoyable, esp the ones by the river. They are the original ones from the civil war era, I think.

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Reviewed June 8, 2018

I would have given this a five star rating, but the visitors center is in a temporary location. They have done the best they can with the space they have and the film shown is very good. However, most of the artifacts have been put...More

Thank Bonnie M
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Reviewed May 24, 2018

This civil war fort is just South of Land Between The Lakes. Off Hwy 79. Go to the Visitor Center which is in the Stewart County Visitor Center right across the street from the fort first. They have maps & information about the fort &...More

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Reviewed May 21, 2018

I love it when things like this are free!!!! It was a wonderful experience. I wish we would have had more time!

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Reviewed May 2, 2018

We were traveling the area, visiting Civil War sites in the region. I had added Fort Donelson due to a family connection with the battle. The Visitors' Centre was very nice, and we were able to check the records and found the name of our...More

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rohrerman
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Response from Shapley_Hunter | Reviewed this property |
You can pretty well see the battlefield in a couple of hours. Add another hour to see the Surrender House and the National Cemetery in Dover.
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