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Fort Negley

 
 
Fort Negley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 31, 2021
1. Fort Negley Marker
Inscription.  Atop St. Cloud Hill, Fort Negley was built in late 1862 as part of a complex system of defensive fortifications designed to protect the Union garrison in Nashville from Confederate attack during the Civil War. Using labor of slaves and free blacks, the army built the largest inland masonry fortification in North America, comprised of more than 60,000 cubic feet of stone. Negley was never directly challenged throughout the war, including the 1864 Battle of Nashville.

In the 1930s the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a New Deal program, recreated the fort. The stone arch entrance here in the plaza and the decaying dry-stack limestone walls you see atop the hill are all WPA construction. Today, the ruins of Fort Negley remain as an open-air museum and testament to Nashville's historic past. The site is recognized in the National Register of Historic Places for its significance as both a Civil War fort and a WPA project.

"A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free." — Abraham Lincoln, President

 
Erected
Fort Negley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 31, 2021
2. Fort Negley Marker
Marker is on far left.
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2004 by Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County Parks & Recreation.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansForts and CastlesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
 
Location. 36° 8.604′ N, 86° 46.525′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker can be reached from Fort Negley Boulevard near Chestnut Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is on wall behind the entrance arch to Fort Negley. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 Fort Negley Boulevard, Nashville TN 37203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Road to War (here, next to this marker); The Civil War (here, next to this marker); War in the West (here, next to this marker); War in the West: Battles and Campaigns (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Negley Site (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Negley (within shouting distance of this marker); Nashville Surrendered (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Peach Orchard Hill (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 31, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 21 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 31, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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