The cool thing about where we live, is that we live right on top of the Battle of Nashville Battlefield. Unlike most major Civil War battlefields, this one was not preserved. There are no vast open swaths of fields, dotted only with monuments to fallen soldiers for people to come and look at in order to get a sense of what happened here.
There’s no visitor’s center with helpful park rangers to sit you in a movie and give you insights into the landscape.
You have to drive around neighborhoods and try to imagine what it must have been like in 1864.
Or you can look out in my back yard and imagine the Union’s front line camped out along the railroad tracks out back.
Here’s the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society’s map . If you find Harding Pike and then look north and find the railroad tracks. You’ll see two jagged lines representing the two lines of Union forces. The one farthest west is the one that concerns us. And where the jagged line and the railroad tracks intersect?
That’s where I live!
Every day, I can look out my back yard and onto a little bit of history.