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Fort Donelson National Battlefield

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Address: Dover, TN
Phone Number: +1 931-232-5706
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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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Site of vital Union Army victory during the Civil War

Even though Union forces under General Grant ultimately captured Fort Donelson from the Confederates, prior to the fort's surrender the fort's heavy artillery easily drove off the... read more

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Lewes, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Even though Union forces under General Grant ultimately captured Fort Donelson from the Confederates, prior to the fort's surrender the fort's heavy artillery easily drove off the Union gunboats under Admiral Foote which were to attack the fort from the Cumberland River. A visit to the fort's Lower River Battery shows how that defeat was accomplished. A battery of heavy... More 

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Dousman, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you get the chance to see all of Fort Donelson National Battlefield, do so. I'm not talking about just the Interpetive Center, which is very modern and nicely appointed, but the other places along the Cumberland River that aren't as much talked about. I will include pictures of these places which I will call Obscure Fort Donelson and Fort... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This site is a beautiful spot to drive through, stopping at particular points to read the explanatory information. The batteries on the Cumberland River overlook a spectacular river view.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What is so interesting about spending a few hours at the Fort Donelson National Battlefield near Dover, Tennessee, is to have a picnic under the shady trees near the Confederate earthworks overlooking the Cumberland River and envision the Union gunboats slugging it out with Confederate batteries during those cold February days in 1862. It was the capture of Fort Donelson... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am glad that this battlefield is being preserved for future generations. I enjoyed the whole experience in the park.

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Springfield, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is not a lot to see here but there is some great history. In addition, it overlooks the river so there are some great views. The visitor center is temporarily closed but you can get information at the Stewart County visitor center across the street. There are a few exhibit within the battlefield. All can be easily driven. There... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

Returned here after 35 years whereas I was traveling close to it and it is one of my favorite battlefield parks in the South. Great news! Very little has changed in the last 35 years whereas there is no sign of encroachment of developers within eyesight of this beautiful location. An improvement by the National Park Service is the addition... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

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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