Belle Meade Plantation

Belle Meade Plantation (HM1B1F)

Location: Nashville, TN 37205 Davidson County
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N 36° 6.4', W 86° 51.863'

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Confederate Gen. William Hicks "Billy" Jackson (1835-1903), who acquired Belle Meade Plantation after the war, served with distinction throughout the Western Theater of the Civil War. He was an excellent horseman, a skill that served him well during the war and afterward. He graduated from West Point in 1856 andwas sent to fight in the Indian wars in New Mexico territory. In May 1861, he resigned his commission and enrolled as a Confederate artillery captain. In November 1861 at the Battle of Belmont, Missouri, Jackson was aide-de-camp to Gen. Gideon J. Pillow and was wounded in the fighting. After recovering, Jackson in April 1862 was appointed colonel of the 1st Tennessee Cavalry. Before the year ended, he had been promoted to brigadier general.

Jackson led cavalry divisions in Mississippi and Tennessee. He served under Gens. John Pemberton and Joseph E. Johnston during the Vicksburg Campaign in 1863, and then under Johnson in the 1864 Atlanta Campaign. His significant battles in Tennessee were at Thompson Station in 1863 and during the Hood Campaign late in 1864. On November 30, 1864, at Franklin, Jackson told his men to "do your duty, behave like gentlemen, respect citizens and their property, and endure hardships without a murmur."

By February 1865, Jackson commanded a Tennessee cavalry in Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's force. When the fighting ended, Jackson served as Confederated parole commissioner for soldiers from Mississippi and Alabama.

In December 1868, Jackson married Selene Harding of Belle Meade Plantation. As the new master of Belle Meade, he transformed the farm into the nation's leading thoroughbred breeding center.

Gen. William H. Jackson, 1863 Courtesy Belle Meade Plantation
Cavalry charge - Courtesy Library of Congress
William H. Jackson and Selene Harding Jackson, wedding portraits, 1868 - Courtesy Belle Meade Plantation
HM NumberHM1B1F
Series This marker is part of the Tennessee: Tennessee Civil War Trails series
Placed ByTennessee Civil War Trails
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Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 5:23am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 512206 N 3995787
Decimal Degrees36.10666667, -86.86438333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 6.4', W 86° 51.863'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 6' 24.00" N, 86° 51' 51.78" W
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Area Code(s)615
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 Bellevue Dr W, Nashville TN 37205, US
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