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January 28, 2013

Civil War 151st anniversary events fills Fort Donelson calendar

Ft-Donelson-NB-Entrance-001Fort Donelson National Battlefield has issued its Calendar of Events for February 2013. The focus of events marks the 151st anniversary of the Civil War and the Battles of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson. Most events will start at the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 3, 2013:

3:00 p.m. – Fort Donelson Visitor Center: Author Jack Hurst (Men of Fire, Nathan Bedford Forrest: A Biography)  will speak on the legacy of Nathan B. Forrest on the 150th anniversary of the 1863 Battle of Dover.

6:00 p.m. – Dover City Cemetery (Church Street): Fort Donelson, in partnership with the Fort Donelson Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans and the United Daughters of the Confederacy, will offer stories and luminaries to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Dover. Visitors may bring a flashlight for additional light and safety.

tncivilwar-natlhertgearea _logoWednesday, February 6, 2013:

1:00 p.m. – Fort Heiman, Calloway County, KY: Join National Park Service staff as they share stories about this often forgotten Confederate fort and the role it played in the 1862 campaign and subsequent campaigns in the Civil War, as well as why it’s considered essential to preserve. Please call (931) 232-5706, ext. 108  to make reservations.

Thursday, February 7, 2013:

6:30 p.m., Fort Donelson Visitor Center: Myers Brown, curator with the Tennessee State Museum, will share his thoughts on legendary Confederate General Joe Wheeler. General Wheeler led the Confederate forces in the February 1863 Battle of Dover.

Confederate Memorial at Fort Donelson NB

Confederate Memorial at Fort Donelson NB

Saturday, February 9, 2013:

11:00 a.m., Fort Donelson National Battlefield Confederate Memorial (Stop #1): Join the Fort Donelson Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy in a tribute to the Confederate veterans who served, fought, and died at Fort Donelson. Please call (931) 232-5706, ext. 108 if special assistance is needed.

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., near Fort Donelson Visitor Center: Members of “Porter’s Battery,” a local living history group, will be at the unit’s historic battlefield location to share the story of the battery, and its instrumental role in the 1862 Battle of Fort Donelson.

Thursday, February 14, 2013: 

3:00 p.m., Lower River Battery (Stop #4): Join noted Fort Donelson author and historian Kendall Gott in commemorating the 151st anniversary of the naval battle at Fort Donelson, which changed warfare forever.

6:00 p.m., Fort Donelson Visitor Center: Noted Fort Donelson author and historian Kendall Gott will discuss the significance of the Battle of Fort Donelson on its 151st anniversary. His book, Where the South Lost the War: An Analysis of the Fort Henry, Fort Donelson Campaign, will be available for signing.

Friday, February 15, 2013: 

9:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m., Starting at Fort Donelson Visitor Center: Join Fort Donelson historian Kendall Gott and Fort Donelson volunteer Jim Vaughan in a “caravan tour” of the park on the 151st anniversary of the significant land engagements of February 15, 1862. Follow them in your own vehicle, make several stops and hear some incredible stories. Space is limited, so please call (931) 232-5706, ext. 108 to reserve.

Dover "Surrender" Hotel, Dover, Tennessee

Dover “Surrender” Hotel – Dover, Tennessee

Saturday, February 16, 2013:

11:00 a.m. Dover Hotel (Stop #10): Commemorate the 151st anniversary of surrender of Fort Donelson with an appearance by General Grant and General Buckner.

1:00 p.m., Fort Donelson National Cemetery: Join the Fort Donelson Camp #62, Sons of Union Veterans in paying tribute to Union troops who served, fought, and died at Fort Donelson. (Parking may be limited.)

Saturday, February 16 and 17, 2013:

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Living History Area: A living history encampment featuring the 9th Kentucky (USA) will help interpret Union control and occupation in this area after the fall of Fort Donelson. Daily schedules will be posted at the visitor center.

Sunday, February 17, 2013:

douglass-lincoln-paul-kendric-cover-art3:00 p.m., Calloway County Public Library


Thursday, February 28, 2013:

6:00 p.m., Fort Donelson Visitor Center: The Fort Donelson Book Club continues with a discussion of Paul Kenrick’s Douglass and Lincoln, as we talk about the important relationship of these two men. Some free copies of the book will be available for participants. As always, reading the book is not required to participate.

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