Battle of Nashville Preservation Society
Left: Main entrance to Nashville National Cemetery on Gallatin Road in Madison.
Nashville National Cemetery is located at 1420 Gallatin Rd. South, Madison, TN 37115-4619
Call (615) 860-0086.
Gates open for visitation during daylight hours.
Directions: From I-65 North, exit at Briley Parkway and travel east 2 miles to Gallatin Rd. and take 2nd exit (Gallatin Rd. N.). The cemetery is 0.25 mile on the left.
Hallowed ground for American soldiers:
Roll of Honor, No. XXII, dated July 31, 1869, submitted to Quartermaster Generals Office, U.S.A., Washington, D.C., recorded the graves of 16,485 Union soldiers interred in the national cemetery at Nashville, Tennessee and remains as a part of the cemeterys historical records.
Originally there were 16,489 interments (burials) of known soldiers and employees: 38 were officers, 10,300 were white soldiers, 1,447 were colored soldiers, and 703 were employees.
Among the unknown, there were 3,098 white soldiers, 463 colored soldiers and 29 employees. The deceased had been gathered from an extensive region of Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky. The number of distinct burial places from which these bodies were taken is 251.
A very large proportion of the dead in the cemetery, however, were transferred from the hospital burial grounds in and around the city of Nashville and from temporary burial grounds around general hospitals in Nashville and nearby battlefields of Franklin and Gallatin, Tenn. Reinterments were also made from Bowling Green and Cave City, Ky.
During the Civil War, if marked at all, wooden headboards with the names and identifying data painted thereon marked graves of those who died in general hospitals, on the battlefields, or as prisoners of war. Many of these headboards deteriorated through exposure to the elements. The result was that when the remains were later removed for burial to a national cemetery, identifications could not be established, and the gravesites were marked as unknown.
NOTABLE MONUMENTS, MARKERS:
Source: Nashville National Cemetery