Daniel Smith Donelson

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Daniel Smith Donelson (June 23, 1801 April 17, 1863) was a Tennessee planter, politician, and soldier. The historic Fort Donelson was named for him when he was serving as a Brigadier in the Tennessee militia, early in the American Civil War. He was commissioned as a regular Confederate general, serving notably at the battles of Perryville and Stones River.

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Daniel Smith Donelson
Portrait of Donelson by George Dury, circa 1850
Born(1801-06-23)June 23, 1801
Sumner County, Tennessee
DiedApril 17, 1863(1863-04-17) (aged 61)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Place of burial
Presbyterian Cemetery Hendersonville, Tennessee
AllegianceFlag_of_the_United_States_%281822-1836%29.svg United States of America
Flag_of_Tennessee.svg Tennessee State Militia
Flag_of_the_Confederate_States_of_America_%281863%E2%80%931865%29.svg Confederate States of America
Service/branchFlag_of_the_United_States_%281822-1836%29.svg United States Army
Battle_flag_of_the_Confederate_States_of_America.svg Confederate States Army
Years of service18251826 (USA)
18271834 (Tennessee)
18611863 (CSA)
RankUnion_army_2nd_lt_rank_insignia.jpg Second Lieutenant (USA)
Union_Army_brigadier_general_rank_insignia.svg Brigadier General (Tennessee)
Major General (CSA)
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War
RelationsAndrew Jackson (Uncle)
Rachel Jackson (Aunt)
John Donelson Martin (cousin)

After their father died when Donelson and his two brothers were young, the three boys were taken in and adopted by their paternal aunt Rachel Donelson Jackson and her husband Andrew Jackson, a future United States president.