Fort Donelson

Fort Donelson (HMPEG)

Location: Dover, TN 37058 Stewart County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 28.958', W 87° 51.761'

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Here the Union won its first major victory of the Civil War. The surrender of Fort Donelson, along with the capture of Forts Henry and Heiman, forced the Confederacy to abandon Nashville and give up southern Kentucky and much of middle and west Tennessee. It also opened the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers as avenues for Union penetration into the Confederate heartland.

It was here that Ulysses S. Grant gained national prominence and earned the nickname "Unconditional Surrender" Grant. The national park includes the remains of Fort Donelson, the upper and lower river batteries, outer rifle pits, the Dover Hotel where the surrender was arranged, and Fort Heiman in Kentucky.

Regulations - Take only pictures. Leave no trace.
· Relic-hunting and metal detecting are strictly forbidden. Violators will be prosecuted.
· Do not walk or climb on earthworks, cannons, monuments, and rock walls. Stay on trails.
· Do not disturb or remove any vegetation or historic objects.
· Hunting and/or possession of firearms or other hunting weaponry is strictly prohibited.
· Pets must be leashed at all times.
· Picnic in designated areas only. Fires are permitted only in grills.

Safety - Your safety is your responsibility.
· Be careful when walking on trails. The terrain may be uneven. Watch for steep hillsides and unmarked drop-offs.
· Watch for snakes, ticks, stinging insects, spiders, and poison ivy.

· The park visitor center, auditorium, museum, and restrooms are wheelchair-accessible.
· Picnic area restrooms are wheelchair-accessible.
· Trails are not wheelchair-accessible.

Fort Heiman
Intended to help defend the vulnerable Fort Henry, this unfinished work was abandoned at the start of General Grant's February 1862 offensive. Remnants of the fort can still be seen.

Fort Henry
Built to guard against Union ship traffic on the Tennessee River, it was susceptible to infantry attacks and spring flooding. The remains of the fort are now under Kentucky Lake. Only the fort's eastern rifle pits remain above water. They are part of Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.
Series This marker is part of the Battlefield Trails - Civil War series
Placed ByFort Donelson National Battlefield - National Park Service - Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 11:45am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 422724 N 4037827
Decimal Degrees36.48263333, -87.86268333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 28.958', W 87° 51.761'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 28' 57.48" N, 87° 51' 45.66" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)931
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9060 Lock D Rd, Dover TN 37058, US
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