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Fort Donelson National Battlefield

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Address: Dover, TN
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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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First time here. we went all over the park, but my favorite place was by the river at the gun emplacements.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First time here. we went all over the park, but my favorite place was by the river at the gun emplacements.

Thank James B
Lafayette Parish, Louisiana
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158 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017 via mobile

What a wonderful place to visit. Our family enjoyed the visit here. We did the auto tour. There's so much information and if you like history this is a must place to see. We loved our visit here

Thank Ayla M
Lewes, Delaware
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588 reviews
204 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 354 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

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 

Thank practans
Dousman, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

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 

Thank Monica58860
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

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.

Thank Don H
Chicago, Illinois
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2,449 reviews
977 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

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 

Thank Taylor B
Peoria, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

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

Thank Robert W
Springfield, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

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 

Thank Tennessee50plus
Houston, Texas
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30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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 

Thank Jesse R
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.

Thank Cris P

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