Dover Travel Guide

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Dover Things to Do

  • national cemetery

    stop # 11 on the auto tour is the national cemetery. the national cemetery was established in 1867 for the internment of union war dead in the battle of fort donelson. pictured is the cemetery lodge. this beautiful second empire building is listed on the national register of historic places.

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  • dover hotel

    the dover hotel is stop # 10 on the auto tour. the dover hotel is the surrender site of the battle of fort donelson. after the aborted breakout attempt generals floyd and pillow knew that their situation was hopeless. both floyd and pillow were worried about northern reprisals so they convinced general buckner to take command of the fort. buckner...

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  • forge road

    forge road is stop # 9 on the auto tour. confederate generals johnson and pillow's division along with nathan bedford forrest's cavalry attacked union general mc clernand's troops on the union right flank in an attempt to secure a escape route. the confederate attack breifly opened forge road as an avenue of escape but because of indecision and...

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  • river batteries

    stop # 4 on the auto tour are the river batteries. the river batteries are a collection of three gun inplacements on the cumberland river. these naval gun's purpose was to protect nashville from union gunboat attack. on feb 14 th 1862 union captain andrew foote's gunboats shelled fort donelson but were repulsed by the confederates. the confederate...

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  • french's battery

    french's battery is stop # 8 on the auto tour. this four gun battery was set up tp prevent union forces from attacking fort donelson's southern perimeter. from this site confederate generals buckner and pillow attacked union general mc clernand's forces during the feb 15 th breakout attempt.

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  • graves battery

    the site of graves battery i stop # 7 on the auto tour. the confederate battery was involved in the feb 15 th confederate breakout on feb 15 th 1862.

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  • union camp

    the site of the union camp is stop # 6 on the auto tour. this was the site of c. f. smith's camp during the union attack of fort donelson on feb 15 th 1862.

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  • smith's attack

    stop # 5 on the the auto tour is the site of smith's attack. on feb 15 th general grant ordered c. f. smith to attack confederate positions west of the fort. lauman's brigade and tuttles 2 nd iowa infantry attacked and routed the 30 th tennessee. this union victory led to the surrender of fort donelson.

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  • river batteries

    pictured is the upper river battery at stop # 4 on the auto tour. this battery took part in the confederate defense of fort donelson during the union gunboat attack of feb 14 th 1862.

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  • fort cabins

    stop # 3 on the auto tour is a replica of one of four hundred cabins built at fort donelson. these cabins were built by confederate troops and slave labor. after the capture of fort donelson by the union these cabins were burned due to a measles outbreak.

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  • fort donelson

    stop # 2 on the auto tour is fort donelson. this earthen fort was build by confederate troops and slave labor on the cumberland river in 1861 to prevent union attack from the direction of clarkesville.

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  • confederate memorial

    the confederate memorial is stop # 1 on the auto tour. this massive monument was erected by the united daughters of the confederacy in 1933.

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  • visitor center

    your first stop on a visit to fort donelson is the visitor center. at the visitor center you can get a map of the battlefield and information about the battle.

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  • The auto tour

    It doesn't take long to visit the battlefield - there are 11 stops overall, but many are concentrated in the west side of the park. From the visitor center, there is a "Y" shaped road with several interesting sites. Among them are the Confederate Monument (commemorating soldiers who were buried on the battlefield), Log huts that were built for...

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  • Surrender Site (Stop #10)

    Here, General U.S. Grant accepted the 'Unconditional Surrender' of General Buckner. The hotel had been Buckners Headquarters in the months leading up to the battle. Afterwards, it served as a Union Hospital. In the hotel, you have a chance to learn about some of the individuals who were in the battle and about the Confederate Troops that made a...

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  • Outer Earthworks (Stop #5-#6)

    Today, this area is heavily wooded. At the time of the battle, the woods had been removed to build cabins, reinforce the earthworks and for cooking fires. If it hadn't been needed for these pratical uses, it would still have been removed to create a clear view and clear shot of the Union Army as it attacked. Unlike the river assault of the fort,...

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  • The Fort (Stop #2)

    Fort Donelson was itself an earthen fort. Unlike the movies, where there were colonial stockades and blockhouses or the picket fenced western fort, Civil War forts were many times hastely erected earth ramparts designed to absorb the hit of a cannon ball and to make the enemy work harder, by having to climb up over the mound. The raised walls also...

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  • Housing (Stop #3)

    The area with the cabins was closed while I was there because a Bald Eagle was nesting nearby and the park didn't want it disturbed. While I didn't see the nest, it is one of the 'Off the Beaten Path' items included with my tips.Historically, the field around the few reconstructed cabins was covered by these huts.

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  • Cumberland River Overlook

    This is the parking area where you can walk to both the Lower River Battery and the Upper River Battery. Because the parking is immediately along the river, it's a great place for individuals with mobility problems to see why the fort was built here. Without leaving your vehicle, you gaze down river (northward) towards where the Union Gun Boats...

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  • Upper River Battery

    In spite of what you'd expect, the 'Upper Battery' is down hill from the parking area, while the 'Lower Battery' is level with the parking area. The name Upper Battery comes from it being just up river from the lower battery. Less protected, it appears that the Confederate Commander did not expect the Union Gunboats to get past the Lower Battery to...

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  • Lower River Batteries (Stop #4)

    The Confederates built upper and lower river batteries in an attempt to defend the strategic transportation and supply routes provided by the river and protect major supply bases in Clarksville and Nashville, Tennessee. They armed the batteries with heavy seacoast artillery.

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Dover Hotels

  • Piney Campground

    621 Fort Henry Rd., Dover, Tennessee, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Dover Restaurants

  • by Jim_Ames Written Oct 5, 2002

    The one on the hill next to school. All you can eat and the food is great. Friday and Saturday night is All you can eat seafood. Boy it's good. Tell the one older waitress that the pecan pie guy said HI!

    Favorite Dish: All You Can Eat -- everything is good.

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    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 26, 2014

    Real piggly wiggly
    Tony and I was driving through Dover Tn and we saw the Piggly Wiggly sign announcing 24 - 20 oz water for only $1.49 so I had to stop...RIGHT? RIGHT !!!

    I was amazed..my Piggly Wiggly in Nashville doesn't have any Piggly Wiggly branded foods...and they are so cheap. I was able to get a 12 oz can of Piggly Wiggly Soda pop Root Beer for .25 ...yes ONE QUARTER...

    I loved this Piggly Wiggly..got to remember it..there are so many parks in the area..going to take a cooler with me next time..

    Now I feel like my Piggly Wiggly is a Faux Piggly Wiggly...what's up with that?

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    by Surgefein Written Mar 11, 2003

    For Goodness Sake..DON'T SPEED in Dover. Tourists always, always get tickets. (Especially on Highway 79) Watch especially for white Jeeps, the City police vehicle.

    Unique Suggestions: Watch out especially on what the locals call "Park Hill" It is the large hill near Fort Donelson Park. The speed limit is only 45 in this area ( many think it is a 55 zone)

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Dover Off The Beaten Path

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    by Toughluck Updated Feb 16, 2007

    A pair of Eagles have taken to nesting in the open fields of the old fort. While I was there, the 'baby' or Immature Eagle was roosting in a tree down by the Upper River Batteries. It was there for over 30 minutes, while I visited both the Upper and Lower Batteries and sat to watch the Eagle. The Eagles have been nesting in the park for several years, so there is a good chance that they will be seen during a visit to the park.

    Eagle migrate, so don't expect to see them during the winter months.

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    • Birdwatching

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  • LIFE OF A CIVIL WAR SOLDIER

    TOUR THE BATTLEGROUND Seeing my first Civil War battlefield and learning about the battle that was fought there.

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  • Fort Donnelson and make sure...

    Fort Donnelson and make sure to visit the visitor's center. The rangers there were well informed on the history and background on the fort and Civil war battle that occured there. The scenery overlooking the river was beatiful.

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