A Step Back in Time
Nashville has many historic sites commemorating the clash between Union soldiers and Confederate troops. Two such clashes were the Battle of Franklin and the Battle of Nashville. The former was one of the most violent battles of the Civil War; while the latter was a significant defeat of the Tennessee army. Both have been commemorated in various sites and memorials, a few of which are listed below.
Travellers Rest Plantation
Built in 1799, this plantation was the home of John Overton, a close friend of Andrew Jackson and a Supreme Court Justice. The property housed 80 slaves, causing Overton to flee when Union troops arrived in the city in 1862. Two years later, the plantation was appropriated by the Confederate general John Bell Hood, who used the property as his headquarters. Explore the grounds yourself with a tour of Travellers Rest. Walk through the house for a peek at the domestic life of the late 19th century, and eat a boxed lunch in the house’s porch gallery.
636 Farrell Parkway
Nashville, TN 37220
Due to the Union’s numerous building activities after capturing Nashville in 1862, our city housed more forts than any other in the nation. The largest of these was Fort Negley, whose three-month construction was carried out by both free and enslaved African-Americans. (Of these, only 300 were compensated for their labor.) Visitors can learn more about the site’s past by stopping in at the Fort Negley Visitors Center, where a Soldier and Sailor Database contains names of the men serving during the war and exhibits describe the experience of conscript soldiers and everyday citizens. Visitors can also take self-guided tours of the grounds, which sprawl over four acres of land.
1100 Fort Negley Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37203
This elaborate mansion was taken over by the Union army in the days leading up to the Battle of Nashville. The property’s water tower, standing at 105 feet, served as a lookout point for Union scouts, and the mansion became the headquarters of Union general Thomas J. Wood during the battle. What makes the mansion especially unique, however, is the person behind it: The house belonged to Adelicia Acklen, one of the richest women in the country. Acklen survived three husbands, one of whom was responsible for overseeing a cotton plantation in Louisiana. When he died, Acklen, accompanied by a female cousin, traveled to Louisiana to sell the cotton herself, gaining $960,000 in the process. See the elaborate grounds where Acklen lived, which once included an art gallery, bowling alley and even a zoo.
1700 Acklen Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212
The Carter House, Lotz House and Carnton Plantation
Three historic properties memorialize the Battle of Franklin, one of the most violent conflicts of the Civil War. Federal troops took over the Carter House on November 30, 1864, causing the Carter family retreat to the basement during the battle. Joining them was their neighbors, the Lotz family, whose home was converted into a field hospital for both sides after the battle; it still carries blood stains to this day. A few miles away, the home of the McGavock family, who lived on the Carnton Plantation, was also used as a field hospital for Confederates. History buffs can visit either the Carter House or the Carnton Plantation for $15 a piece, the Lotz House for $10, or all three for $30. (Visit the Battle of Franklin Trust’s and Lotz House Civil War Museum’s websites for each site’s specific address.)
Take some time to learn about Nashville’s tumultuous history with a tour of significant Civil War sites around the city. Signature Transportation will be happy to provide you with a comfortable ride going to each site.