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Fort Donelson National Battlefield (NPS Tour Stops)

Discussion in 'The Civil War Traveler's Companion' started by Buckeye Bill, Sep 4, 2014.

  1. Buckeye Bill

    Buckeye Bill 2nd Lieutenant

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    * Fort Donelson National Battlefield Main Entrance off US 79

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    * Fort Donelson National Battlefield Visitor Center

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    * Tour Stop #1 : Confederate Monument

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    * Tour Stop #3 : Fort Donelson Reconstructed Log Hut

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    * Tour Stop #4 : River Batteries

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    * Tour Stop #4 : Lower River Battery (Historic Cumberland River)

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    * Tour Stop #7 : French's Battery

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    * Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant, USA Headquarters Site

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    * Tennessee State Historic Marker : The Dover Hotel

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    * Tour Stop #10 : Dover Hotel (Surrender House)

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    * Tour Stop #11 : Fort Donelson National Cemetery

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    * Photos courtesy of William Bechmann (2011)
     
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  3. Mark F. Jenkins

    Mark F. Jenkins Lt. Colonel

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    :thumbsup: Still one of my favorites among places I've visited. They've definitely improved the Water Battery since I was there.
     
  4. NFB22

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    Great photos, thanks for sharing
     
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  5. WesB

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    Nice photos! I went there 20 years ago when I was stationed at Ft. Campbell.
     
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  6. Rebforever

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    I was there 10 years ago and checked names and my wife had some kin there.
     
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    Wonderful photos. We were there a little over a year ago.

    Thanks for posting.
     
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  8. diane

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    Wonderful photos! Thanks for sharing.

    Two of my great-uncles were there - one was a captain and ended up at Johnson's Island for a while and was exchanged in time to get killed at Shiloh. He was supposed to have exited with Forrest but somehow missed the departure!
     
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    Beautiful, Mr. Bechmann. Thanks for posting.
     
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  10. Poor Private

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    Great Photos, I had to go look at mine. I think everyone gets the entry sign photo I did hahah. And a barge was going by when I took the water battery photo. Also we took a side trip to Fort Henry and here is what we ended up with:
     

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    Great photos. I've never been there, but your pics were nice!
     
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  12. Seth VA/NC

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    My relatives in the 56th Virginia were some of the lucky few Rebs that were able to escape, don't know how they did it.Beautiful pictures as always Mr.Bechmann, Looks like a nice peaceful place, looks like the weather was excellent too, the opposite of the freezing cold and snowy conditions during the actual battle.
     
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  13. Sons of Liberty

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    Thank you very much for the photos! Looks like an outstanding Park. Well done.
     
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  14. diane

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    I think the 56th VA mostly came off with Floyd in the steamer but some went out with Forrest. He had his men carry double on their horses so as to take as many infantry as they could - it was too cold for infantry to wade the ford he discovered.
     
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    Thanks for sharing these! One of the many battlefields I will hopefully visit someday.
     
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    What. . . no heroic equestrian statues of Pillow or Floyd, with looks of fierce determination in their eyes?
     
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    Maybe they could make one of Pillow in his row boat fleeing the battle.
     
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    Thanks for the info

    I know they escaped on a steamer, I was really say "I don't know how they did it" in regards to surviving the battles, surviving the cold weather, and going on t fight in one bloodbath after the other. I don't think I would be able to endure that, it was hard, and those civil war soldiers were "spartans"!
     
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  19. diane

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    Yes, they were! One trooper from that unit left a description of his escape. He had to wade out to the steamer through snow and mud and was perfectly frozen by the time he was hauled aboard. Somebody had stuck a bayonet into a keg of whiskey and he was glad they did or he might have froze solid! He said he'd been up to his shoulders in water. Forrest had crossed where the water was up to the skirts of the saddles, probably about chest deep for an infantryman and that was too cold. There was no keg of whiskey waiting on the other side!
     
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    Ft. Donelson is very much a part of my family history. One of my ggg uncles rests there even today and it was my privilege to visit there during the 150th.

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    I highly recommend this battlefield to any and all who have the opportunity to visit.
     
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    Thanks for the photos William!
     
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