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Near Portland in Robertson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Civil War in Tennessee

Invaders, North and South

 
 
Civil War in Tennessee Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 3, 2015
1. Civil War in Tennessee Marker
Inscription. 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
Union Blockhouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 3, 2015
2. Union Blockhouse
Close-up of image on marker
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.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 36° 38.157′ N, 86° 34.423′ W. Marker is near Portland, Tennessee, in Robertson County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 65 at milepost 120, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located at the Tennessee Welcome Center on the I-65 southbound lanes immediately south of the Kentucky state line. Marker is not accessible from the northbound lanes of the freeway. Marker is also accessible from Lake Spring Road immediately north of Vaughn Parkway. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6111 Lake Springs Road, Portland TN 37148, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Replica of Stone #38 (approx. 0.6 miles away in Kentucky); Triangular Jog (approx. 0.6 miles away in Kentucky); Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away in Kentucky); Duval-Groves House (approx. 1.2 miles
Big South Tunnel image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 3, 2015
3. Big South Tunnel
Close-up of drawing on marker
away); Fort Smith (approx. 2 miles away); Birthplace of T.O. Chisholm / Noted Hymn Writer (1866-1960) (approx. 2.4 miles away in Kentucky); "Riding into The Sunset" (approx. 2.4 miles away in Kentucky); "Drive-Time" (approx. 2.4 miles away in Kentucky). Click for a list of all markers in Portland.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Civil War in Tennessee Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 3, 2015
4. Civil War in Tennessee Marker
Marker at the I-65 Tennessee Welcome Center image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 3, 2015
5. Marker at the I-65 Tennessee Welcome Center
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 193 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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