The Battle of Fort Donelson was a Civil War engagement fought on February 13-16, 1862. The Confederate surrender to Ulysses S. Grant was the first major Civil War victory for the Union Army, and a devastating blow to the overall Confederate defense strategy. The military loss of forts Henry and Donelson forced the Confederate evacuation of middle and east Tennessee and relinquished the control of the Tennessee River, Cumberland River, Nashville, and most railroads within Tennessee to the Union Army.
Dover, Tennessee | The Dover Hotel was the site where Gen. Ulysses S. Grant demanded "unconditional and immediate surrender" from Gen. Simon B. Buckner after the Battle of Fort Donelson in February 1862.
Henning, Tennessee | This Fort was occupied throughout most of the War Between the States by Union or Confederate forces. The fortification was named after General Gideon J. Pillow, a Mexican War hero. Today, the Fort is a State Park.