Union General Ulysses S. Grant first won his first Civil War victory at Fort Donelson in February 1862, earning the nickname “Unconditional Surrender.” Formerly enslaved African Americans flocked to the fort after the victory, and the site is now part of the Park Service’s Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program. Visitors can tour the earthen forts that became a refuge guiding enslaved men and women toward freedom, as well as a cemetery on the banks of the Cumberland River.
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Report Center for State of the Parks: Tennessee's Civil War National Parks In recognition of the important historical events that Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Shiloh National Military Park, Stones River National Battlefield, and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park commemorate and interpret, the National Parks Conservation Association’s Center for State of the Parks conducted assessments to determine the current conditions of the parks’ cultural and natural resources.