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Confederate Circle Monument

Left: Monument at Confederate Circle in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Seeing It:
Mt. Olivet Cemetery is located at 1101 Lebanon Road, east of downtown Nashville. Open to public during daylight hours. Call 255-4193. Walking tour marked by signage. Tour booklet available at cemetery offices for nominal fee.

In the fall, the Confederate Cemetery Illuminated Walking Tour is conducted by re-enactors in period dress.

Location Maps.

Confederate Circle honors memory of soldiers:
The 250-acre cemetery, which opened in 1855, is situated on a hilltop, graced with large, old trees and evergreens, and impressive statuary, crypts, and tombs.

After the War Between the States, the women of Nashville bought land at Mount Olivet, and formed Confederate Circle. The remains of about 1,500 Confederate soldiers were moved here from area battlefields.

Seven Confederate generals are buried in or around the circle. They are William B. Bate, William N.R, Bealle, Benjamin Franklin Cheatham, William H. Jackson, George E. Maney, James E. Rains, and Thomas Benton Smith. Other prominent Nashville Confederates, Colonels Adolphus Heiman and Randall McGavock, lie nearby.

A 45-foot granite monument marks the center of the circle.

"Heroine of the South":
Mary Kate Patterson Davis Hill Kyle (1844-1931) worked with Coleman's scouts and Sam Davis during the Civil War to spy in the Lavergne-Nolensville-Nashville area. When a teenager, she smuggled vital information and supplies through Union lines. Mrs. Kyle was buried in the Confederate Circle at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, the first woman so honored.

An extensive tour of the monuments at Mt. Olivet Cemetery can be found at Historic Sites of Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

Source: Mt. Olivet Cemetery