Civil War in Tennessee

Civil War in Tennessee (HM1L6F)

Location: Portland, TN 37148 Robertson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 38.157', W 86° 34.423'

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Invaders, North and South

In 1861, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, which I-65 largely parallels today, connected the mid-South to the Ohio River and the industrial centers of the North. During the war, however, it brought invaders to both Tennessee and Kentucky as a vital Union supply line. It was a target for Confederates, who established Camp Trousdale, a major Confederate induction and training center, at Portland, Tennessee, because of the railroad's proximity.
     In February 1862, Union Gen. Don Carlos Buell took Bowling Green, in southern Kentucky, and then moved down the railroad and occupied Nashville, the Tennessee capitol. Retreating Confederates destroyed railroad bridges, trestles, and facilities, but by April trains again operated between Louisville and Nashville, supplying the Union armies.
     In May, Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan invaded Kentucky and destroyed railroad cars at Cave City. In August, he raided Gallatin, Tennessee, and closed South Tunnel between Portland and Gallatin. Late in December, Morgan again destroyed railroad equipment and tracks in Kentucky. After the spring of 1863, the line experienced little disruption. At many places, Union soldiers manned small forts to protect the railroads.
     Follow the routes of the armies along the Tennessee Civil War Trails. Colorful markers at each stop tell the story of the war's interesting people, places, and events. A free map guide to the Tennessee Trails network is available in the Welcome Center. Please drive carefully as you enjoy the beauty and history of the Tennessee Civil War Trails.
HM NumberHM1L6F
Series This marker is part of the Tennessee: Tennessee Civil War Trails series
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, June 18th, 2015 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 538109 N 4054572
Decimal Degrees36.63595000, -86.57371667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 38.157', W 86° 34.423'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 38' 9.42" N, 86° 34' 25.38" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)615
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6111 Lake Springs Rd, Portland TN 37148, US
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