Kelley’s Point Civil War Battlefield Park
Some historians are sceptical that this is the correct location of Kelley’s Battery, refered to as “Bell’s Mill” in the Battle of Nashville Navy records. This is confused in the U.S. Naval-OR on page 641 of Volume 26. This transcript is clearly an error. Bell’s Mill is 18 miles by water (the Navy would be sure of this fact), but is 9 miles by road. I believe that who ever transcribed the hand written text from the original report, mistook a “4” for the number “9”. This could have been reenforced by the first bend in the river being closer to 4 miles, where the second bend at 9 miles, is Bell’s Mill/Bend.
Read more about how The Fighting Parson took on the US Navy Iron and Tinclads on the Cumberland River at Nashville in early December prior to the epic Battle of Nashville.
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