Battle of Nashville Preservation Society
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Detail of statue.
The monument and small park is located at Granny White Pike at Battlefield Drive. The site is open dawn to dusk and free to the public.
Directions: From I-440, exit Hillsboro Road and travel south to Woodmont Blvd. and turn left. Proceed 1 mile to Granny White Pike and turn left. Park is two blocks on the left.
New life for a cherished monument:
The new gleaming white granite monument, which honors the sacrifices of both Confederate and Union soldiers at the Dec. 15-16, 1864 Battle of Nashville and the American soldiers who fought in the Great War (World War I), now resembles the magnificent sculpture originally dedicated on Armistice Day, 1927.
The monument was commissioned by the Ladies' Battlefield Association and sculpted by Guiseppi Moretti of Italy. His design represents both the North and the South who are yoked together by a young man symbolizing all Americans who fought in the Civil War and World War I. The word UNITY is inscribed on the banner with which he entwines the horses.
The original monument was located a few miles east on Franklin Pike on property donated by the Vaulx family heirs for a Battle of Nashville park. Mrs. James E. Caldwell, president of the Ladies Battlefield Association, subsequently raised funds and commissioned a monument for the site.
In 1974 a tornado destroyed the 30-foot obelisk and the angel at its top. In the 1970s, the building of a massive interstate highway interchange left the remains of the monument isolated on a small plot of land.
Today, the base of the original monument still stands off Franklin Pike and marks the site of one of Stephen D. Lee's batteries during the first day of the battle.
The rededication marked the successful completion of relocating the Nashville landmark to the new park at Granny White Pike and Battlefield Drive. The Tennessee Historical Commission, which owns the statue, chose the new home for it in 1992. State and federal money, as well as generous private contributions, made possible the restoration.
Source: Tennessee Historical Commission.