Fort Henry

Fort Henry (HM1Q9J)

Location: Dover, TN 37058 Stewart County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 30.38', W 88° 1.537'

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Fort Donelson National Battlefield

Fort Henry is part of Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. Located 12 miles west of Fort Donelson on the eastern bank of the Tennessee River, Fort Henry was a five-sided, open-bastioned earthen fort designed to guard against Union ship traffic. The fort was, however, vulnerable to infantry attacks and spring flooding, and easily fell to the powerful Union gunboat flotilla during the February 6, 1862, attack. Fort Henry's remains now lie beneath the waters of Kentucky Lake, created when the Tennessee River was dammed in the 1930s. The outer defenses, however, remain above water and are still visible. The Civil War Sites Advisory Commission has designated Fort Henry as one of the Civil War's principal battlefields.

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 and never fired a shot. Remnants of the fort can still be seen. The fort is now part of Fort Donelson National Battlefield.

Fort Donelson
Site of the North's first major victory of the Civil War, the park preserves the remains of the fort itself, two river batteries, outer rifle pits, and the Dover Hotel where the fort's surrender was arranged.
HM NumberHM1Q9J
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Date Added Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 at 1:06pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 408156 N 4040599
Decimal Degrees36.50633333, -88.02561667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 30.38', W 88° 1.537'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 30' 22.8" N, 88° 1' 32.22" W
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Area Code(s)931
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Forest Service Rd 232, Dover TN 37058, US
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