"This guide is a MUST HAVE for anyone wanting to learn about the Battle of Nashville and wanting to tour the battlefield. I highly recommend it."
--Edwin C. Bearss, Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service and the nation's preeminent Civil War tour guide
Guide to Civil War Nashville
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Guide to Civil War Nashville


Author: Mark Zimmerman

Publisher: Battle of Nashville Preservation Society, 2004

Pages: 76

Cover: Softbound, color

Size: 8.5 x11

Binding: Perfect bound

ISBN: 0-9747236-0-6

Fort Negley
Fort Negley page features modern and Civil War-era photography, maps, and diagrams.

“Guide to Civil War Nashville” is a 76-page softbound book that takes you, armchair-bound or in your vehicle, on a 50-mile-long tour of 25 historic sites in Tennessee’s capital city associated with the 1862-65 Union occupation and the 1864 Battle of Nashville, regarded by some as the decisive battle of the Civil War.

The book’s 76 pages feature 63 modern-day photographs, 31 Civil War-era photographs, seven illustrations, 16 travel maps and seven battle maps.

All proceeds benefit the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society, whose mission is the preservation of Civil War battlefield sites!

The sites on the tour include the State Capitol and Museum, four historic antebellum mansions, four antebellum churches, three cemeteries (each with touring map), and 12 battle sites.

A detailed map and driving directions with GPS coordinates guides you to all the sites, which are each pictured and described. Included are the locations and text of all Battle of Nashville historical markers.

The ten-page section on the Battle of Nashville (Dec. 2-16, 1864) features four full-page battle maps with unprecedented detail: Granbury's Lunette, the Fall of the Redoubts, Peach Orchard Hill, and Shy's Hill, designed by the author and BONPS Historian Ross Massey. There is also a six-page Orders of Battle for Thomas and Hood’s armies. And a page devoted to the 19 receipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

A detailed map with accompanying descriptions shows you what downtown Nashville looked like in 1864.

Illustrated feature stories include the following:

  • Fall of the River Forts
  • The Surrender of Nashville
  • Gunboats and Transports: The Role of the Cumberland River
  • Beans and Bullets: U.S. Military Railroads (including regional map)
  • Military rule, martial law, and the re-establishment of civilian government
  • Nashville’s military hospitals
  • Prostitution legalized by U.S. Army
  • U.S. Army defense of Nashville, with maps and diagrams
  • Rock City Guards and Nashville militia
  • Aftermath of the war

“Guide to Civil War Nashville” also includes a Civil War timeline, military operations map of Middle Tennessee, features on U.S. forts in nearby Franklin and Murfreesboro, a guide to other Civil War tourism sites in Middle Tennessee, and a bibliography.

Now available at Borders bookstores in Cool Springs, Brentwood, and West End and at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Green Hills, and in gift shops at historic Belmont Mansion, Travellers Rest, Belle Meade Plantation, and at The Carter House and Carnton Plantation in Franklin.
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Detailed Battle Maps

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Downloadable Sample Pages in PDF (compressed images are low quality due to small file size):

Table of Contents (84KB)

Introduction Page (88 KB)

Nashville National Cemetery, not inc. map (244KB)

Downtown Presbyterian Church (148KB)

Mount Olivet Cemetery and Confederate Circle (5.5MB uncompressed, large file inc. two pages)

Fort Negley (236KB)

Belmont Mansion (96KB)

Battle of Nashville Battle Map (584KB)

Battle Map-First Day-Western Sector (140KB)

USA Order of Battle-first page (112KB)

Shy's Hill battlefield site (176KB)

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Table of Contents

Belmont Mansion

Battle of Nashville Battle Map

State Capitol and Military Governor

Downtown Presbyterian Church (US military hospital)

Fort Negley and Blockhouse Casino

Mt. Olivet Cemetery

National Cemetery

Downtown Nashville in 1864

Confederate Order of Battle

U.S. Order of Battle

Battle Map of the Fall of the Redoubts

Driving Tour Map

Map of U.S. Military Railroads

Feature story on U.S. Military Railroads

Middle Tennessee Civil War sites

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