BONPS NEWS

Nov. 6, 2008 Meeting
Attendees examine various types of shoulder arms during the BONPS meeting of Nov. 6, 2008 in which Jim Kay and Doug Jones presented the topic "The Battle Through Green Hills" at the Covenant Presbyterian Church. Approximately 135 people attended. The one-hour program, which was free and open to the public, covered the battlefield through present-day Green Hills and Burton Hills as well as the history of the Compton Farm.

Dedication of Stone Walls Marker
Representing the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society at the dedication of the new "Stone Walls" historical marker are, left to right, BONPS Board members Gary Burke, James Kay, Ross Massey, and Sidney McAlister.
Dedicaiton of Stone Walls Marker
Among the distinguished guests at the historical marker dedication were, left to right, Oak Hill Mayor Tommy Alsup, Metro Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Historian Fletch Coke, and BONPS President James Kay.
Historic marker for stone walls dedicated

Oak Hill residents and history buffs gathered on a beautiful October afternoon at the home of Margaret and Patrick Boyd on Granny White Pike to celebrate the unveiling of a Metropolitan Historical Commission marker in honor of the neighborhood’s dry-stacked stone walls.

Metro Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Oak Hill Mayor Tommy Alsup praised the efforts of the Metropolitan Historical Commission and state Senator Douglas Henry in preserving and protecting dry-stack walls in Middle Tennessee. Jim Kay, president of the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society, read a passage from the diary of a Civil War soldier, written from the same spot where the historic marker now stands.

Historian Fletch Coke intrigued the audience of about 75 with stories of how the stone fences often were constructed to mark property lines. She shared maps showing the stone wall along Granny White Pike as a boundary for the Lealand plantation, presented by Travellers Rest owner John Overton to his daughter to celebrate her marriage.

Oak Hill interim city manager M.C. Sparks serenaded guests with performances on a bowed psaltry, an instrument related to lyres and zithers, played something like a handheld violin.

Mayor Alsup said the City of Oak Hill is indebted to Margaret for her diligence and dedication in researching the stone walls and working with the Metropolitan Historical Commission in getting the marker approved and installed. He said the City's Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to fund the marker upon learning of Margaret's efforts to obtain the marker.

"Fortunately, many residents—like the Boyds—cherish this tie to our past and spend time and money to see that they remain for future generations to enjoy," the mayor said in his opening remarks. Boyd said the stone walls are a treasure, giving special character to Oak Hill and to greater Nashville.

She paid tribute to those who nearly two centuries ago gathered stones from fields and laid the miles and miles of walls, many of which are still standing today.

"Those of us who are caretakers of dry-stacked stone walls know they are constantly moving," she said, “expanding and contracting, and occasionally heaving. Cars crash into them, deer jump them, tree limbs fall on them, a battle was even fought among them. They are repaired, and they endure."

These walls "remind us of a simpler time and connect us to our heritage,” she said. "They were here long before we were born, and with the grace of God, they will be here for another century and a half."

"The stone walls are very special and I am proud to be the humble caretaker of a portion of the walls for a portion of time in history," she concluded.

Among the other guests at the dedication celebration October 2 were Metro Council members Carter Todd and Parker Toler, Travellers Rest president-elect Fred Crown, “Civil War soldier” David Ragan who is senior interpreter at Travellers Rest, Tara Mielnik and Scarlett Miles from the Metropolitan Historical Commission, and four Commissioners -- Joan Armour, Lula Brooks, George Cate Jr., and Ann Roos.


Exciting Opportunity for Landowners and Conservation Passes Congress
 
On May 23, 2008, Congress passed legislation to renew the enhanced tax incentives for private landowners conserving their land through conservation easements. The legislation, included in the Farm Bill, provides farmers, historic land owners, wildlife enthusiasts, recreational sportsmen and owners of lands with a variety of other benefits for conserving our state with an opportunity that is set to expire December 31, 2009. This critical achievement would not have been possible without the hard work of The Land Trust Alliance and its coalition colleagues or without the support of Tennessee's delegation, the majority of whom voted to renew these enhanced deductions. This is a great victory for conservation in our state. We cannot afford to miss this window—so please help spread the word.
 
For more information please visit The Land Trust for Tennessee’s website at http://www.landtrusttn.org/news_taxbenefits.html or contact The Land Trust at (615) 244-LAND.
 

Dedication of New Historical Marker
New Historical Marker Dedicated

On Feb. 28, 2008, a new Battle of Nashville historical marker was dedicated with ceremonies at the site of the Battle of the Barricade, fought Dec. 16, 1864. This is the first new Metro Historical Commission marker in 16 years. The marker is located on Granny White Pike at the entrance to Richland Country Club. The marker discusses the Battle of the Barricade and the attack by the United States Cavalry under General James H. Wilson on Colonel Edmund Rucker’s Confederate position. Pictured left to right are the Honorable Walter Kurtz, BONPS Board member; James Kay, president of BONPS; and Hal Johnson, former president of Richland Country Club.


Devereaux Cannon on Flags
Devereaux Cannon
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Devereaux Cannon, a friend, member, and supporter of BONPS and historic preservation. He passed away suddenly on Dec. 29, 2007. Services were held Jan. 2, 2008 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Gallatin, Tenn. Devereaux was a friend and the creator of the TaxFreeTennessee web site that was so helpful during the State Income Tax protests. He was an extraordinary father to Devereaux III and Katherine, grandfather to Devereaux IV, political activist, historian, prominent Nashville Attorney, and husband to Nora. The picture is Devereaux teaching people about the history of flags. He wrote several books on the subject.

Two Flags over Shy's Hill
Two Flags Atop Shy's Hill
A record crowd attended anniversary ceremonies by the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society atop Shy's Hill the afternoon of Dec. 16, 2007.
"Two Flags Across Tennessee," a preservation awareness program of the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, were planted on top of Shy's Hill as the program concludes its journey across the state. The flags are reproductions of the 1861 Stars and Stripes and the 1861 First National Confederate Flag. The flags have traveled to about 40 significant battlefield sites in Tennessee.
It was at Shy's Hill on the afternoon of Dec. 16, 1864 that Union troops broke the Confederate lines, sent Gen. John B. Hood's troops into retreat, and produced a major victory for US Gen. George Thomas.
Work projects by BONPS to enhance the visitor's experience at Shy's Hill continue.

Fort Negley Visitors Center
Fort Negley Visitors Center Now Open

The Fort Negley Visitors Center opened to the public on Dec. 15, 2007. The center is located at 1100 Fort Negley Blvd. The Center features exhibits, monthly activities, annual events and self-guided tours of Fort Negley Park. The 4,605-square-foot, $1 million facility includes a small multipurpose theater, exhibit space, meeting room, staff spaces, public restrooms, and an outdoor plaza. Admission to Fort Negley is free.  Operating Hours are from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm., Tuesday through Saturday.

Visitors will be able to search the national Soldier and Sailor Database to learn where their ancestors served during the Civil War. The kiosk located near the entrance of the Visitors Center allows you to personally connect with the only war where Americans fought one another. View photos of 1860s Nashville and listen to Center Interpreters bring the stories alive.

The film, “The Fall of Nashville” will premiere in the Fort Negley Theatre. This film is an introduction to the occupation of Nashville, the need for fortifications, and Fort Negley’s ultimate demise. Exhibits located outside the theatre depict the many aspects of the city’s Civil War history.

Visitors can read about the roles of the conscript laborers, the United States Colored Troops, and ordinary citizens. Learn about the design and construction of the fort through interactive exhibits. See the effects of a sudden occupation on Nashville’s citizens. Hear about the strength and bravery of the men who built the fort, hear stories and see photos of life in the occupied city, and experience the heartbreak of the Battle of Nashville.

The center is intended to serve as a hub for Civil War heritage tourism in Middle Tennessee.  Rather than competing with other historic sites, the intent is to develop partnerships with other agencies to enhance and expand the educational and economic benefits of heritage tourism in the area.  In addition, programs and events offered by a full time staff at the center will provide students and the public at large new opportunities to understand Nashville's fascinating Civil War past.

Fort Negley is located adjacent to the center. Stabilized and enhanced with interpretive signage and walkways, the fort opened to the public in December 2004 for the first time in 60 years. Fort Negley was the largest fortification built by the occupying Union Army in Nashville and the largest inland stone fort built during the Civil War. Measuring 600 feet by 300 feet, Negley covered four acres and was constructed from October to December 1862. The stronghold was constructed by conscript laborers, both slaves and free blacks, of stone, logs, earth, and railroad iron. More than 2700 African American men worked to build Fort Negley; only 300 were paid for their labor.

The City of Nashville's enhancements to the fort and the construction of the visitors center represents the largest municipal appropriation for Civil War preservation in the United States.


BONPS NEWSLETTER (PDF) dated December 10, 2007

A roundup of all of our organization's achievements this past year and the announcement of the "Second Assault on Redoubt No. 1" fundraising effort, by BONPS President Jim Kay. Also news about the opening of the Fort Negley Visitors Center and Anniversary Events set for Sat. and Sun., Dec. 15-16, 2007.

Happy Holidays to all of our members and their families!
And thank you for your continued support. 2008 promises to be another great year.


Jim and Elaine Kay at Jody Powell Farm-Sept. 2007
Jim and Elaine Kay of BONPS meet with Jody Powell, second from right, a Civil War Preservation Trust Board Member, and author/historian Frank O'Reilly at the Powell Farm in Maryland in September 2007. Mr. Powell served as the White House Press Secretary during the Carter Administration. CWPT is America's largest non-profit organization (501-C3) devoted to the preservation of our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields.

Opening of Fort Negley Visitors Center Attending the advanced opening of the new Fort Negley Visitors Center are, left to right, BONPS President Jim Kay, museum curator, historian and author Jim Hoobler, and Mayor Bill Purcell. The fort itself opened to the public for the first time in 60 years in November 2004.
Fort Negley Visitors Center Nears Public Opening (from The Tennessean)

Metro Parks offered residents a sneak peak of the new Visitors Center at Fort Negley, before its official opening.
The tour offered visitors a chance to preview the 4,605-square-foot facility, which includes a small multipurpose theater, exhibit space, meeting room, staff space and outdoor plaza.
The $1 million upgrades complete phase two of the project. Metro Parks is partnering with Traveller's Rest Plantation and Museum to create educational opportunities and programs for group tours, as well. The Fort Negley Center will feature exhibits, monthly activities, monthly events and self-guided tours.
The exhibit gallery will include touch-screen displays and other interactive elements that tell the story of Fort Negley and the Civil War in Nashville. Topics addressed will include the War in the West, Armies of Invasion, Fighting for Freedom and Occupied Nashville.
To commemorate the event, outgoing mayor Bill Purcell sealed a time capsule containing items such as copies of news publications, photographs of Nashville and a list of political personnel. The items in the capsule will remain encapsulated until the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Nashville, December 2064.


A Gathering of Friends of Bob Brown was held Monday, June 4, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. at the Warner Nature Center.

Click Here for a Program (PDF) of the Event and more details.

Click Here to see Slideshow of Bob and Trouble and Their Travels (offsite)


BONPS loses good friend and supporter, Mr. Bob Brown


Bob Brown

Our advisory board member, Bob Brown, died Sunday after a long fight with cancer. He loved our group and Shys Hill. We will miss him.--BONPS President James Kay


Bob Brown, a retired banker and Nashvillian, played a key role in the preservation of Tennessee wildlands and was a co-founder of the Tennessee Trails Association. He was also a lay historian with a particular interest in the Civil War and the roads of early frontier Tennessee. Mr. Brown served on the boards of the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation, the state chapter of the Nature Conservancy, and the Metro Greenways Commission. Bob was also a major supporter of the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society and the Tennessee Historical Society. He designed the new trail that now leads to the top of Shy's Hill, one of the few remaining sites from the Battle of Nashville. A lifelong bachelor, Mr. Brown planned legacy gifts to the organizations to which he had already given so much. He will be missed by many devoted friends.
--Ann Toplovich, Executive Director, Tennessee Historical Society


Tuesday Tennessean, 05/15/07

Bob Brown was friend of nature

By ANNE PAINE
Staff Writer

Bob Brown, remembered as a noble and gentle man who spread his interest in saving natural areas to others, died at his Nashville home Sunday night, May 13, 2007, of cancer at age 77.

Brown, who never married, worked before retirement as a trust official at what
was then Third National Bank.

He became best known, however, for his quiet pursuit of protecting the state's
hills, wildflowers and streams.

He is known for that and for his dog Trouble.

Trouble, who died in September of cancer, was by his side for 16 years — on hikes and in boardrooms.

The pair, icons in the local conservation movement, received the "Best Friend" award last year from the Friends of Warner Parks.

"Bob Brown was one of the most noble men I've ever known," said former Gov. Winfield Dunn.

"He had an inquiring mind and an appreciation of nature's gifts to all of us — in the fields and woods and flowers and natural areas.

"And he shared it. He took great joy in raising the level of appreciation of other people in this wonderful gift."

Brown co-founded the Tennessee Trails Association and helped inspire and plan the 300-mile Cumberland Trail that will stretch from the Tennessee River Gorge near Chattanooga to the Kentucky-Virginia border.

An "amateur" botanist who provided Latin names of plants with ease, Brown was honored recently by a 315-acre donation on Brady Mountain in his and a colleague's name. It is now part of the Cumberland Trail State Park.

"He was an unbelievably good man in so many ways …," said John Eddie Cain, a friend since first grade at Parmer School.

"He was a forerunner on just about every issue you could think of that's really worthwhile."

Boards on which he served included those of the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation, the Tennessee Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and the Metro Greenways Commission.

Tennessee Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Paul Sloan described him as "soft spoken, always courteous, always curious to learn more."

He was a "virtual encyclopedia" of the state's trails and historical and natural features, Sloan said.

"Bob wasn't a member of a political party," he said. "He never wavered from just a straight, honest love for conservation and he understood how important it was and gave his whole life for it."

A memorial service, not yet planned, is expected to be held.


Now Available! BONPS has published a book, "Guide to Civil War Nashville," that all Civil War enthusiasts and history buffs will want to order for their collection. Complete information, including sample pages, is available by CLICKING HERE.

Park Day volunteers enhance Shy's Hill summit, walking trail

By Lacy Broemel

On Saturday, April 7, 2007 many dedicated preservers of Shy’s Hill turned out to clear brush and improve the trail. This important battle site, the place where the Union troops broke through the Confederate line on December 16, 1864, is being preserved by a group of Battle of Nashville enthusiasts, the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society. This local group carried out “Park Day,” a national day of cleaning and restoring battlefields, in our community.

The summit of Shy’s Hill has previously been cleared, except for five large brush piles on the top. Starting at 8 a.m. Saturday morning, a group began to clear these piles and bring them to the side of the hill, creating a screen from the neighbors. The group successfully cleared three of the piles from the summit in four hours.

While one group was clearing brush, another group was improving the trail to the summit. A visible trail has already been made, but Mr. Bob Slaydon, a pioneer in making trails, led a group in flattening and improving the trail. These workers dug out roots and made the trail easier to walk on.

Prior to this workday, two supporters, The Parke Company and Vermeer, donated equipment to help this day go more smoothly.

Shy’s Hill, a key battlefield in the Battle of Nashville, is alive and well, thanks to dedicated workers. Improving the site is no easy job, but on Saturday everyone at the site felt the importance of the job at hand. All the workers made a huge improvement on the hill, clearing brush from the top and making the trail more accessible.


Plans for Fort Negley Visitors Center proceed

Waiting for Sounds, Metro proceeds with Fort Negley
By Bill Harless, Nashville City Paper, bharless@nashvillecitypaper.com
March 13, 2007
 
Despite some fretting in the city over the future of the proposed Nashville Sounds ballpark downtown, Metro is proceeding with plans to build a visitors center for the Fort Negley park atop a portion of Greer Stadium’s parking lot.

The Sounds play at Greer Stadium and have said they hope to open their new ballpark in time for the 2009 baseball season.

Metro Parks Department spokeswoman Jackie Jones said Tuesday that construction of the $2 million, 4,500-square-foot visitors center will likely begin in early spring and said the center is scheduled to open in September.

“I think the Parks Department will compensate for any impact it has on the parking,” said Metro Finance Director David Manning when asked what Metro would do with the visitors center if the new Sounds stadium does not materialize. Manning noted that construction of the center would not affect the stadium itself in any way. “I’m sure that in a construction situation, they will provide a reasonable solution for the Sounds to the extent that there’s any kind of overlap there.”

“… It’s something that will continue even if the Sounds do stay at Greer Stadium,” said Molly Sudderth, Mayor Bill Purcell’s spokeswoman, when asked the same question.

Jones said design of the visitors center, by Buchart-Horn, Inc, is complete. Meanwhile, the construction contract for the center was awarded in November to the Powell Building Group of Goodlettsville, according to Metro. The contract calls for the building to include exhibit space, a small theater, a meeting room, public restrooms and an outdoor plaza.

Metro in 2003, under Purcell’s leadership, undertook a $2 million preservation-restoration effort to re-open Fort Negley Park, the site of what was the largest inland stone fortification built during the Civil War. The park, opening in 2004, had been closed for 60 years. It sits between Greer Stadium and the Adventure Science Center.

The Sounds and Baltimore Developer Struever Bros., Eccles & Rouse have until mid-April to complete financing and design work for the new downtown ballpark and also the $200 million retail-hotel-office-residential development that would surround it, and they must submit any proposed amendments to their agreement with the city for developing the site — between the Gateway and Shelby Street bridges — to the Metro Council office by March 23.
 


BONPS co-hosts successful symposium on Civil War cavalry

Travellers Rest Symposium on Civil War Cavalry
The featured speakers for the symposium were, left to right, Eric J. Wittenburg, Brian Steel Wills, Myers Brown, and Greg Biggs.

Approximately 50 Civil War cavalry enthusiasts attended the Third Annual Civil War Symposium, Sat., March 10, 2007, at Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum, co-hosted by BONPS and the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area. In addition to tours of the Travellers Rest property and lively panel discussions, the four main speakers at the symposium were:

  • Myers Brown, a curator at the Tennessee State Museum, who spoke on Fightin' Joe Wheeler, one of the major cavalry leaders in the Western Theater. A diminutive man, Wheeler performed in a variety of roles associated with the Army of Tennessee. Mr. Brown was well informed on Gen. Wheeler, being the former curator of Pond Spring, the Wheeler home in northern Alabama. Wheeler, who also fought in the Spanish-American War, is the only former Confederate general buried at Arlington Naitonal Cemetery. Mr. Brown also displayed an exhibit, "Hoofbeats in the Heartland: Civil War Cavalry in Tennessee," which is a traveling exhibition of the State Museum.

  • Brian Steel Wills spoke on the exploits of famed cavalry leader Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, having written one of the best biographies of the controversial general. Professor Wills teaches history at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. Forrest was a fearless warrior who personally killed 30 of the enemy but he was also satisfied with bloodless victories. He liked to win. He was also an expert at psychological warfare, a master at getting his enemies to doubt themselves. Forrest admitted defeat only once, to Gen. James H. Wilson at Selma, Ala. in April 1865, and stated that he was afraid of only one man--his brother William.

  • Greg Biggs, the founder and president of the Clarksville Civil War Roundtable, spoke on the Union cavalry action at Shelbyville, Tenn. during the Tullahoma Campaign of Summer 1863. In about ten days of rainy weather and miserable mud, making full use of his cavalry, Union Gen. W.S. Rosecrans drove the Confederate Army of Tennessee from Middle Tennessee. The U.S. suffered only 569 casualties while capturing 1,600 Confederates. The first use of lightning cavalry was at Hoover's Gap by Col. John Wilder's mounted infantry armed with Spencer repeating rifles. Lincoln praised the campaign as one of the most successful strategic operations of the war but the campaign received little recognition, coming at the same time as Union victories at Vicksburg and Gettysburg and involving relatively little bloodshed.

  • Eric Wittenburg of Columbus, Ohio, an attorney, publisher, and author of 13 books on Civil War cavalry, talked about a variety of Civil War cavalry commanders, many of whom served poorly in the East and were transferred to the West. He noted that JEB Stuart, for all his performances, represented the cavalry of the past using Napoleanic tactics, while Gen. James H. Wilson, US cavalry leader at the Battle of Nashville, represented the future of cavalry. Bested by Forrest at Spring Hill and the Nashville retreat, Wilson led his troopers in the spring of 1865 on a highly successful cavalry raid through Alabama and Georgia, overrunning Forrest's men at Selma and nearly capturing their leader.

Glen Leven bequest preserves 65 acres of Nashville battlefield

An almost 150-year-old Oak Hill home that served as a field hospital during the Battle of Nashville will be preserved along with the 65 acres of open land surrounding it. The Glen Leven estate is the largest piece of Nashville's Civil War battlefield still intact,
said Civil War preservation expert Doug Jones.
Susan McConnell West, who died Nov. 26, left Glen Leven to The Land Trust for Tennessee in her will, officials said. The Greek Revival house, built in 1857, is on Franklin Road south of Thompson Lane.

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Fort Negley featured on Black Heritage Video Series

Video of "Tennessee's Black Heritage" can be viewed online at http://www.wkrn.com/node/78756

Hostess Anne Holt narrates feature on Fort Negley and U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War. BONPS President Jim Kay is interviewed during this segment. Other segments on Tennessee's Black Heritage are also viewable.


BONPS Banquet guests hear Hicks speak on Widow of the South;
J.T. Thompson hands gavel to incoming president James Kay

Robert Hicks signs book

Robert Hicks, author of the best-selling historical novel Widow of the South, autographed his book for attendees at the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society's Annual Banquet held Feb. 8, 2007 at the Travellers Rest auditorium.

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Read the Article in the Nashville Today newspaper (Feb. 15, 2007) (PDF format)


Battle of Nashville Monument Vandalized; Reward Offered for Information

The Tennessean; Tuesday, 12/12/06
Vandals deface Civil War statue
Police suspect teens did graffiti

By KEVIN WALTERS
Staff Writer

Vandals struck the city's Battle of Nashville statue during the weekend, splashing graffiti on three sides of its base.

The spray-painted symbols were first found on the Civil War memorial Sunday morning. Other graffiti was discovered on a concrete wall near Granny White Pike as well.


The granite obelisk, which features a bronze statue depicting a young man as the "Spirit of Unity" flanked by two horses representing the North and the South, stands along Granny White Pike near Battlefield Drive.

Metro police believe the vandalism is the handiwork of local teenagers and not organized gangs, said Don Aaron, Metro police spokesman. They have no suspects.

"There are teens that are known to hang out in that area and at the park," Aaron said.

Perhaps coincidentally, the defacement comes on the week marking the 142nd anniversary of the Battle of Nashville, which was fought Dec. 15-16, 1864.

"I will personally offer a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of these thugs," said Jim Kay, president elect of the private nonprofit Battle of Nashville Preservation Society Inc.

He said he was "disgusted" by the damage to a statue that is considered among the first in the nation to commemorate the unity of the country in the wake of the Civil War. Nashville preservationists worked for years to raise money for the statue's 1999 rededication.

The statue was created by Italian master sculptor Giuseppe Moretti, who also cast the city of Birmingham's Vulcan statue, and was dedicated on Armistice Day, 1927.

Its base and the angel atop the obelisk were replaced after a tornado destroyed them in 1974. The statue was later relocated from Franklin Road to its current site.

"It's a monument to preserve the memory of the men who fought and died at the Battle of Nashville," said Wes Shofner, a Battle of Nashville Preservation Society board member. "The entire city should be incensed."

Spray-painted graffiti has previously been removed from the statue, which is owned by the state Historical Commission, said Richard Tune, acting executive director.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 742-7463.


Jim Kay Presentation Battle at Barricade Program Attracts Overflow Crowd

BONPS Vice-President Jim Kay presented a program on The Battle at the Barricade at the October 19th BONPS meeting at Richland Country Club which attracted a large crowd of 125 attendees. The battle occurred Dec. 16, 1864 on Granny White Pike near the present-day site of Richland C.C. between Union and Confederate cavalry forces. The delaying action by Col. Rucker's men quite possibly saved Gen. John Bell Hood's Army of Tennessee from complete destruction.

Mr. Kay also discussed the early history of the area around Granny White Pike and the adventures of Lucinda "Lucy" White, the brave pioneer woman who operated a traveler's inn on the site and for whom the pike is named.


Shy's Hill Resolution Accepting the House Joint Resolution are, left to right, Doug Jones, Immediate Past-President of BONPS; Ann Roberts, Director of the Metropolitan Historical Commission; Ann Toplovich, Executive Director of The Tennessee Historical Society; and BONPS President J.T. Thompson.

BONPS, Nashville Metropolitan Historical Commission, and the Tennessee Historical Society Receive State Honor for Preserving Shy’s Hill

(Nashville, Tenn.)—July 25, 2006---The Battle of Nashville Preservation Society (BONPS), Nashville Metropolitan Historical Commission and the Tennessee Historical Society recently received a House Joint Resolution No. 1373 from the State of Tennessee for their efforts in preserving Shy’s Hill.

The House Joint Resolution was issued by Representatives McDaniel, Harwell and Senator Henry.

President of the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society J.T. Thompson said, “While we are proud to be recognized by this distinguished resolution for the joint effort on the work on Shy’s Hill performed by BONPS, the Metro Historical Commission and the Tennessee Historical Society, we look forward to the work that continues to be important in preserving our battlefield sites.”

The Battle of Nashville Preservation Society was founded in 1993 to protect the remaining battlefield sites and promote an understanding of life in Davidson County during the American Civil War. The organization recently retired the debt on the Shy’s Hill property in order that future generations may appreciate its rich history. The Tennessee Historical Society owns the crest of the hill and leases that area to BONPS.

It was at Shy’s Hill on December 16, 1864, during the Battle of Nashville, that Federal troops finally broke the Confederate line on the left flank, resulting in a massive Rebel retreat and a decisive Union Victory.

Since its founding, the BONPS has been instrumental in the preservation of Shy's Hill, Redoubt No. 1, and Kelley's Point sites, as well as actively involved in the preservation of the Battle of Nashville Monument and the rehabilitation and interpretation of Fort Negley. The Battle of Nashville Preservation Society has played an integral role in the promotion, protection, and interpretation of the sites important to our city's role in the Civil War.


VIDEO: Battle of Nashville 141st Anniversary on Shy's Hill
News Coverage by WKRN-TV Channel 2 News-Nashville on Dec. 15, 2005.
Interview with BONPS Vice-President Jim Kay on the significance of the Battle of Nashville and preservation efforts by the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society.
(Video file is .wmv format; length is 2 min. 57 sec.; file size is 2.88 MB)

Shy's Hill Mortgage Burning Watching the note burn are, left to right, Wes Shofner, Jim Kay, and J.T. Thompson.
Shy's Hill Mortgage Burned!

BONPS now owns its property on historic Shy's Hill free and clear!
The Battle of Nashville Preservation Society's mortgage on Shy's Hill property was burned amid cheers at the top of the historic summit on Saturday morning, April 15, 2006.
The ceremony marked the successful raising of $55,000 in funds over a 150-day period to retire the debt on the property, which lies on the east side of the hill.

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