Fort Donelson National Battlefield
120 FORT DONELSON SHORES ROAD
DOVER, TN 37058, USA
Website: http://www.nps.gov/FODO »
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.