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Fort Donelson National Battlefield

  • Also Known As: Fort Donelson National Military Park and National Cemetery

  • Address: US 79
  • Vicinity: 1 mi W of Dover
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District

Fort Donelson will hereafter be marked in Capitals on the maps of our United Country...

Brigadier General Ulysses S Grant was becoming quite famous as he wrote these words following the surrender of Confederate Fort Donelson on Sunday, February 16, 1862. The Union victory at Fort Donelson elated the North, and stunned the South. Within days of the surrender, Clarksville and Nashville would fall into Union hands. Grant and his troops had created a pathway to victory for the Union. - NPS



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1862/00/00 Lew Wallace Union commander Battle of Fort Donelson
1862/00/00 Richard James Oglesby Union commander Battle of Fort Donelson
1862/02/13 Adolphus Heiman US Regimental Adjutant During the defense of Fort Donelson, 10th Tennessee encounter their first serious engagement with union troops at Erin Hollow near Dover, Tennessee. Battle of Fort Donelson
1862/02/16 Adolphus Heiman Confederate Colonel At the fall of Fort Donelson, the 10th Tennessee surrender with more than 8,000 Confederate troops. Battle of Fort Donelson


Dover Hotel (Surrender House)

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Particulars for Fort Donelson National Battlefield:
Historic Use Battle site
Criteria Consideration Commemorative property
Owner Federal
Structure Type Fortification
Sight Category Historic District
Criteria Historic Event
Historic Use Hotel
Area of Significance Military
Level of Significance National

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 66000076
Resource Type:
Owner: Federal
Architectural Style: No style listed
Other Certification: Additional documentation
Nominator Name: National Military Park
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Military
Applicable Criteria: Event
Criteria Consideration: Cemetery, Commemorative property
Period of Significance: 1850-1874
Significant Year: 1862, 1867
Historic Function: Domestic, Defense
Historic Sub-Function: Hotel, Fortification, Battle site
Current Function: Recreation and Culture, Landscape, Funerary
Current Sub-Function: Museum Cemetery Park

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