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Fort Donelson National Battlefield

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Address: Dover, TN
Phone Number: 931-232-5706

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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Nice History Lesson

We had no idea this existed until recently when we were looking at NPS sites in TN. My girls participated in the Junior Ranger program and learned a lot about TN and CivilWar... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Cris P
Nashville, Tennessee
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had no idea this existed until recently when we were looking at NPS sites in TN. My girls participated in the Junior Ranger program and learned a lot about TN and CivilWar history. There are some picnic tables near the river so we enjoyed a peaceful picnic there.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

This location was the site of a Civil War battle that opened up Tennessee to invasion by Union forces. Nashville soon was also lost and 13,000 Confederate troops surrendered. This battle established Grant's reputation. The National Park Service has a great tour of the battleground. Call with your cell phone enter the number of the spot where you are at... More 

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Fisherville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

My family and I visited the park on a beautiful sunny afternoon. The park grounds are very well kept with excellent signage and the dial in audio tour of the stops was very easy to use as well as being informative. There were several areas to stop and trails to walk as well as a picnic area overlooking the river... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

Very enjoyable NPS regarding civil war history. We stopped at the temporary Stewart County Visitors Center first to get a brochure on the auto tour and I'm glad we did. It is a very beautiful and peaceful park. We ate lunch at the picnic area during our trip. The brochure and stops are very informative. The only reason I gave... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

My favorite part of the experience was the historic hotel where the surrender was accepted. All throughout the park the signage was clear and interesting, and the view of the battlements over the river is stunning. I was disappointed that the visitor's center was undergoing a renovation and most of the battlefield artifacts and displays were not available for viewing,... More 

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McMinnville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

The NPS personnel in the visitor's center were very helpful! Nice displays! I was a bit confused about their driving map --they apparently were actually provided with funding to update their older Visitor's Center, so the present Center may be temporary, but very well done. (luedtkee July 2016 gets a thumb down in his/her review). I enjoyed the drive and... More 

Thank Ann M
Paris, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

I love driving out on cool sunny days. My boys love running around. We often see bald eagles. This trip we saw 2! Everything about this place is beautiful. The bathrooms are spotless. I've been coming here since I was a little girl and it never gets old.

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Kennesaw, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

This earthen fort, historic grounds, cemetery, and the hotel where Civil War general US Grant received the Confederate surrender, are a little out of the way, but well worth the trip. We visited in July with children, who loved both the now-peaceful, quiet grounds and completing the Junior Ranger booklet to receive a Junior Ranger badge. The site is spread... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I went to visit our son at Fort Campbell, KY and wanted to do some sightseeing while in the area. There is not a great deal to see there, but the history was very interesting. You can see quite a bit just by driving through and reading signs as you go, but there are some places where... More 

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Hickory, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

This is a smaller battlefield compared to others but I still think it is one of the most beautiful and interesting to visit. You can do the auto tour in an hour. The Visitor Center is currently closed for construction but the signage in the park makes it very easy to understand the battle as it happens. Of course the... More 

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