Fort Donelson

Fort Donelson (HMPJZ)

Location: Dover, TN 37058 Stewart County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 29.444', W 87° 51.405'

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The mounds of earth you see before you are the remains of Fort Donelson, which originally covered 15 acres. Confederate soldiers, and enslaved African Americans built the fort over a period of seven months. The walls, made of logs and earth, stood 10 feet high. Although not as permanent as brick or stone, earthen walls provided better protection against artillery fire.

Confederates built the fort to protect upper and lower batteries along the Cumberland River from land attack. The fort, however, never came under direct land attack. all fighting, except for the ironclad gunboat attacks on the river batteries, took place in the outer defense lines.

Brigadier General Daniel S. Donelson
the man whom the fort was named, participated in the original 1861 survey that selected the sites for both Forts Henry and Donelson
Placed ByFort Donelson National Battlefield - National Park Service - Department of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 1:42am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 423263 N 4038721
Decimal Degrees36.49073333, -87.85675000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 29.444', W 87° 51.405'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 29' 26.64" N, 87° 51' 24.30" W
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Area Code(s)931
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5666-5686 Lock D Rd, Dover TN 37058, US
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