Portland in Sumner County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Cold Spring School
Site of Camp Trousdale
Because of a lack of potable water, Camp Trousdale moved in June to an area of wide rolling fields near the one-room Cold Spring School that Thomas Baskerville had constructed in 1857. The school served as a regimental hospital. Soon more than 6,000 men were drilling in the camp, and some of the sick were treated at the school building. Later, Camp Trousdale relocated to present-day TGT Road, again because of water contamination. The only barracks in the state that housed Confederate troops were built there, then razed in February 1862 before Union forces arrived and occupied the area.
Federal troops under the command of Lt. Col. Gustavus Tafels, 106th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment, subsequently fortified the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, constructing Fort Mitchell
“We are getting on very well; except for the measles and mumps, our men would be in fine health. So far as my regiment is concerned, there is perfect order and discipline.” — Col. Robert Hatton, 7th Tennessee Infantry, June 21, 1861
Gen. Felix Zollicoffer Courtesy Pat Meguiar
Cold Spring School - Courtesy Pat Meguiar
Scroll flask and .36 caliber Navy Colt bullet mold found at Camp Trousdale site Courtesy Pat Meguiar
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 34.998′ N, 86° 30.524′ W. Marker is in Portland, Tennessee, in Sumner County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Portland Boulevard and 2nd Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 Portland Blvd, Portland TN 37148, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Cold Springs (here, next Zollicoffer's Headquarters (approx. ¾ mile away); a different marker also named Cold Spring School (approx. 1.3 miles away); Fort Smith (approx. 3.1 miles away); Duval-Groves House (approx. 4.3 miles away); Triangular Jog (approx. 4.6 miles away in Kentucky); Tennessee / Kentucky (approx. 4.6 miles away but has been reported missing); Tennessee Maneuvers World War II (approx. 4.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Portland.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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