Nashville and Northwestern Railroad

Nashville and Northwestern Railroad (HM1EWK)

Location: New Johnsonville, TN 37134 Humphreys County
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N 36° 3.665', W 87° 57.755'

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Before you is the old railbed of the Nashville and Northwestern Railroad. In 1863, the Union army extended the railroad to the Tennessee River, creating a reliable and secure supply line between the Ohio River and Nashville.

Building the Railroad

Construction began in the fall of 1863, supervised by the 1st Michigan Engineers. Several thousand conscripted African Americans made up the bulk of the work force. Companies of the 12th and 13th United States Colored Infantries guarded the laborers from raids by Confederate troops and guerillas.

Supplying Sherman's Atlanta Campaign

After its completion in May 1864, the Nashville and Northwestern served as the major supply route for the Union armies south and east of Nashville.

The supply line began at Paducah, Kentucky on the Ohio River at the mouth of the Tennessee.

Steamboats carried supplies up the Tennessee River to Johnsonville. The Nashville and Northwestern then carried the supplies to Nashville, where they were shipped to Gen. William T. Sherman's army in Georgia.

Courtesy of Tennessee State Library and Archives
Placed ByTennessee State Parks
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 11:14pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 413310 N 3991152
Decimal Degrees36.06108333, -87.96258333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 3.665', W 87° 57.755'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 3' 39.90" N, 87° 57' 45.30" W
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Area Code(s)931
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11-77 Old Johnsonville Rd, New Johnsonville TN 37134, US
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