Imminent Development

Possible Development of Fort Negley Park:

The Old Greer Stadium 

photo by: Blake Henderson


Besides the tourism/historic value of this American Civil War icon, why is the city wanting to decrease public green space downtown? There is too little of it now. This 31 acre parcel has been in the public park inventory since the 1920’s. Over half of it is proposed for commercial development by the Metro Council. That could be around 18 acres of public downtown Green Space. As downtown explodes in development, we need more, not less, open space.

Cannibalizing an existing park for a revenue stream, sets a dangerous precedent for Nashville City Parks.

Key Points

  • Fort Negley is the largest Civil War stone fort (inland)
  • Few Civil War sites remain in Nashville
  • African American Contraband Camps were located here
  • A former cemetery of over 11,000 Union soldiers – some of which could still be there
  • Water run-off improvements
  • Green space
  • More traffic congestion
  • Monarch butterfly habitat
  • Rare fossil site

If you live in Davidson County, Tennessee please contact your council person here.

Download the Friends of Fort Negley Plan

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Bob Henderson (former Metro Historical Commission member)

Historic Nashville – In Defense of Fort Negley – May 22, 2017

Additional reading: Developers Propose the Desecration of Fort Negley – Nashville Scene April 28, 2017 by Betty Phillips


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The Battle of Saltville, Virginia

Salt was a vital strategic resource during the American Civil War. It was an essential preservative for meat prior to refrigeration. Saltville, in southwestern Virginia, was the largest salt mine in the Confederacy.

“The First Battle of Saltville (October 2, 1864), was fought near the town of Saltville, Virginia, during the American Civil War. The battle was fought by both regular and Home Guard Confederate units against regular Union troops, including one of the few black cavalry units, over an important saltworks in the town. The Union troops were led by Brig. Gen. Stephen G. Burbridge. The murder of captured and wounded black soldiers after the battle has been called the Saltville Massacre.” – Wikipedia

The Confederate guerrilla Champ Ferguson fought in this battle. He was later executed for allegedly murdering surrendered USCT Cavalry soldiers here. There were addition charges including a U.S. Army Lieutenant at Emory & Henry College, where the wounded from this battle were taken.

Take a 360º look at the Saltville battle sites and the Confederate hospital at Emory & Henry College:

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Cavalry Tour

Civil War Cavalry Virtual Tours: 

09 MAR 17

Cavalry operations in the western theater of the United States Civil War.cavalry

Some tours have expanded links to the battlefields*

* Brices Crossroads – Forrest vs Sturgis

* Davis Bridge – Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn vs Maj. Gen. Edward O.C. Ord

Johnsonville Battlefield and Tennessee River Naval Battle – November 4–5, 1864. Forrest’s Cavalry raid on the U.S. Navy and the Army supply base at Johnsonville, Tennessee:

  • West Bank of the Tennessee River at Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park
  • Upper Redoubt
  • Tennessee River Front

Clifton, Tennessee – Forrest Cavalry crossing of the Tennessee River – Dec. 15, 1862 – Jan. 3, 1863

* Parkers Crossroads – Forrest’s Cavalry Raid into West Tennessee – December 31, 1862 

Kelley’s Point – Cumberland River Nashville Naval Battle Dec. 2-15, 1864

  • Look for the icons that open to display the historical signage.
  • The lower left corner of the display has a full screen option hot spot.

Hood’s Retreat – Battle of Nashville Rear Guard

* John Hunt Morgan Raid’s – Munfordville and Tebb’s Bend


Note: get the full screen mode by clicking the icon in the lower left of the video frame. A zoom option is available also for reading the historical signage. Some markers are embedded in the floating icons.

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