Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Site of Fort Henry ~ February 6, 1862

Marker ID: THC 3C 61
Location: on Fort Henry Road near Land Between the Lakes Road, Dover, TN
County: Stewart
Coordinates: N 36° 30.425    W 088° 0.947
  36.50708333    -88.01578333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM3RJA


This site of the first Union attack on river routes in the West lies below Kentucky Lake. Only the easternmost rifle pits remain above water. Because of the high water in the fort, only Capt. Taylor's Co. B. First Regt. Tenn. Art., stayed to slow the Union gunboat advance. Five Confederate soldiers killed during the battle when their cannons exploded were buried on a ridge top north of here. Both Confederate and Union troops then moved along the trails to Ft. Donelson to the east.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission