On Valentine’s Day in 1867 Flag Officer Andrew H. Foote lead a fleet on gunboats to Fort Donelson. He exchanged fire with the confederate heavy artillery crippled the ironclads and the decks were said to be slippery with blood. The result of the battle forced a retreat of the ironclads and denied Ulysses S. Grant this military victory that he had both desired and expected.
For those interested in US history, the Fort Donelson National battlefield Park represents an outstanding opportunity to learn and relive history during your Land Between the Lakes Vacation. The Fort Donelson Visitors center is open from 8:00 to 4:30 daily. The center remains open all year with the exceptions of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years day. The park is a beautifully maintained National Park facility and is replete with historic attractions. Plan to spend some time and enjoy a great historic day as a part of a fun filled Land Between the Lakes get away.