Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Save 63 Acres at Fort Donelson & Parker's Cross Roads
At Fort Donelson, on February 16, 1862, Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant forced the "unconditional surrender” of a Confederate army of more than 12,000 men. Now, just after the 155th anniversary of the battle, you have a chance to preserve 63 acres at two historic Tennessee battlefields Fort Donelson and Parker’s Cross Roads.
Fort Donelson was one of the first in a string of successes that earned Ulysses S. Grant the moniker “unconditional surrender Grant”. His success there set the stage for the Union’s march through Tennessee and provided the pretext for one of the first major battles in the war the Battle of Shiloh. We now have a special opportunity to preserve a piece of Grant’s legacy.
At Parker’s Cross Roads, Nathan Bedford Forrest made his own demand for unconditional surrender, but his was not met. Instead, to Forrest’s “surprise and astonishment”, the Confederate General found his forces outnumbered by enemy forces in front and rear. In the pivotal moment of the battle Forrest declared, “charge ‘em both ways”, as his troops repelled the Union advance and were able to live to fight another day.
The events at Fort Donelson and Parker’s Cross Roads are crucial to a full understanding of the Civil War in the Western Theater. The 63 acres we have marked for preservation there are some of the most historically significant land left to be saved in Tennessee.
Now you have an opportunity to help us tell this story for future generations, by saving hallowed land and nearly completing the preservation of these monumental battlefields. Will you join me in saving these 63 acres in Tennessee?
Help tell the story of the Civil War in the Western Theater by saving 63 acres in Tennessee!
Article: Fort Donelson
Battle Map: Fort Donelson
Battle Overview: Parker's Cross Roads
Battle Map: Parker's Cross Roads
The Civil War Trust