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Fort Donelson

February 11 - 16, 1862

Stewart County, Tennessee

The Fort Donelson National Battlefield, located along the banks of the Cumberland River, is a great place to visit. The park has a 6-mile trail which includes 11 different stops. In addition to visiting key parts of the battlefield, you can also see the historic Dover Hotel (Surrender House), and the Fort Donelson National Cemetery.

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Essential To-Do List:
Fort Donelson

Get the most out of your Civil War battlefield visit by exploring these recommended To-Dos.

See the place that made U.S. Grant famous: Fort Donelson

See where U.S. Grant earned the moniker of "Unconditional Surrender" Grant and how he gained the admiration of a nation desperate for heroes.

Visit the Dover Hotel (Surrender House)

The hotel was Confederate headquarters during the battle and a Union hospital in the aftermath. Grant and Buckner worked out the details of the surrender of Fort Donelson here.

Visit Fort Donelson National Cemetery

The cemetery at Fort Donelson is the final resting place of 670 Union soldiers, including fourteen U.S.C.T.

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Plan Your Visit

Civil War Discovery Trail


Visitor Center: Daily 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25 and January 1st.


(931) 232-5706


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