New Johnsonville in Humphreys County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
The Union Supply Depot
Johnsonville was a vital cog in the Union war machine. At this busy, noisy, sprawling complex of wharves, docks, warehouses and corrals the work of war continued unabated. Steamboats crowded the wharf. Day in and day out, laborers moved everything from blankets to cattle to rifles from boats onto trains bound for Nashville.
Try to imagine Johnsonville in 1864. It is nothing like the peaceful forested park of today. It is ugly and bare. There are no trees, they have been leveled to give soldiers in the fortification a clear field of fire should the enemy attack.
The depot is ugly and noisy. Steam whistles blare, trains chug along the tracks, the sawmill whines, men shout and horses neigh. The rough unpainted buildings are so new the smell of raw lumber lingers in the air. When it rains, and it often does in winter, the mud is unbelievable. Conditions don’t matter. What matters is keeping supplies moving to the front.
Fueling Union Victory
The Johnsonville depot fed, clothed, and armed the Union armies that relentlessly hounded the Confederate Army of Tennessee, pushing
Erected by Tennessee State Parks.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1864.
Location. 36° 3.768′ N, 87° 57.987′ W. Marker is in New Johnsonville, Tennessee, in Humphreys County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Johnsonville Road and Museum Road, on the left when traveling west on Old Johnsonville Road. The marker stands on the grounds of the Johnsonville State Historic Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 Nell Beard Road, New Johnsonville TN 37134, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Tennessee River in the Civil War (a few steps from this marker); Artillery at Johnsonville (within shouting distance of this marker); Forrest Shells the Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); The Final Tally (within shouting distance of this marker); Forrest's Opening Move (within shouting distance of this marker); The Horse Corral (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Winfrey Cemetery (about 400 feet away); Lower Redoubt (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Johnsonville.
Also see . . . Johnsonville State Historic Park. (Submitted on June 15, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 15, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 565 times since then and 68 times this year. Last updated on July 10, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 15, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.