Epic Battle of Fort Donelson re-enacted in Cumberland City

Epic confrontation of 1862 re-enacted in Cumberland City
Mar. 3, 2012  | 

CUMBERLAND CITY, TENN. — Between volleys of cannon fire, Tiffany Zamiska quizzed her 7-year-old son, Cody, about Civil War history.

“U.S. Grant,” he replied.

They sat on a hillside overlooking the Saturday re-enactment of the Battle of Fort Donelson at the Stewart-Houston County Industrial Park.

“We’ve been reading the history of the battle online. We home-school,” she said. “It’s much better if he sees it in front of him.”

Bryan Zamiska, a soldier with Fort Campbell’s 187th Infantry Regiment, held one of the couple’s two younger daughters on his lap. Both girls covered their ears to shield from the cannon’s boom.

“This is the first re-enactment I’ve ever seen,” he said. “This is pretty awesome.”

Some 500 re-enactors portrayed the events of Feb. 13 to 16, 1862, when Union forces attacked Fort Donelson in Dover via the Cumberland River and with ironclads and ground troops.

The event continues today with a church service and memorial at 10 a.m., and the battle resumes at 2 p.m.

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