I drove the rest of The Trace down to Dover, Tennessee and stopped at Fort Donelson National Battlefield. It reminded me of Vicksburg National Military Park. I don’t know a whole lot about the battle at Fort Donelson, except that it was a Confederate fortress on the Cumberland River. It fell to Union troops after a short battle in February 1862. The capture of Fort Donelson (and nearby Fort Henry) were the first significant Union victories in the Civil War and opened the rivers as avenues of invasions to the heartland of the South. Ulysses S. Grant was promoted to major general of the Union forces, putting him second in command. The Union captured 12,000 Confederate prisoners of war– nearly a third of the Confederate forces. Nashville became the first Confederate state capitol to fall to Union control.
As I left Fort Donelson, I stopped by the Dover McDonalds (and used a gift card I forgot about… score!) for dinner. I drove back to Murray via Hwy 121, and passed a sign for Fort Heiman National Battlefield in rural Calloway County, KY (aka the county where Murray is located.) Murray friends, don’t waste your time going out there. After 10 minutes of driving on unmarked country roads where I had no cell phone signal, I never even found the battlefield.
To end the night, I went to Julie and Kelsey’s apartment to talk about my date and other life updates. I showed up in my pajamas. That’s true friendship right there.
I am so glad I spent the weekend down in Murray! I got to mark some things off my bucket list. Murray friends, I definitely recommend LBL and Fort Donelson as a break from studying! It’s a shame I never visited earlier!
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