Fort Donelson National Battlefield (NRIS 66000076)
1 mi. W of Dover on U.S. 79,
Tennessee. County/parish: Stewart.
Park name: Fort Donelson.
3 contributing buildings.
2 contributing sites.
2 contributing objects.
Added to the National Register of Historic Places
October 15, 1966.
Also known as:
- Fort Donelson National Military Park and National Cemetery
- Fort Donelson National Battlefield
- Fort Donelson National Battlefield preserves Fort Donelson and Fort Heiman, two sites of the American Civil War Forts Henry and Donelson Campaign, in which Union Army Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant and Flag Officer Andrew Hull Foote captured three Confederate forts and opened two rivers, the Tennessee River and the Cumberland River, to control by the Union Navy. The commanders received national recognition for their victories in February 1862, as they were the first major Union successes of the war. The capture of Fort Donelson and its garrison by the Union led to the capture of Tennessee's capital and industrial center, Nashville, which remained in Union hands from February 25, 1862 until the end of the war, and gave the Union effective control over much of Tennessee. This struck a major blow to the Confederacy early in the war.
The main portion of the park, in Dover, Tennessee, commemorates the Battle of Fort Donelson (36°29′41″N 87°51′22″W). Fort Heiman, in nearby Calloway County, Kentucky, was a Confederate battery in the Battle of Fort Henry. (read more...)
National Park Service documentation: https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/66000076