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Special Living History Encampment at Fort Donelson

Fort Donelson National Battlefield
Fort Donelson National Battlefield

Dover, TN – This year the Nation commemorates the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. This September 3rd and 4th, Fort Donelson National Battlefield will commemorate 150th anniversary of the building of this unique Confederate fort, Fort Donelson, along the Cumberland River.

On September 3rd and 4th, a living history encampment will be offered at the main unit of Fort Donelson National Battlefield, along Highway 79 in Dover, Tennessee. During the weekend, visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the strategic importance of this Confederate fort, how it was built, and why and how how troops were recruited for the Confederate cause. The encampment will be available from 10:00am to 4:00pm both days.

On Saturday, September 3rd, 2011, a special Junior Ranger program opportunity will be available for kids and their families. At 11:00am, Junior Rangers and their families can meet a Park Ranger at the picnic pavilion beside the visitor center. They will learn about early Civil War journalism, about some of those journalists and artists who covered the Fort Henry and Fort Donelson campaign, and how their works help us understand the battles 150 years later.

Participants will then be given either a camera or sketchbook to explore the park and cover the encampment as a journalist would do. Supplies are limited for this program, so interested participants must register by calling 931.232.5706, ext. 108, by August 31st.

Special events during the encampments, including periodic musket firings, will be announced at the visitor center. All events are free and open to the public.

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