Dickson in Dickson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Mile Post 42
The U.S. Military Railroad
Free blacks and former slaves impressed by the Union Army constructed the military railroad. The 12th and 13th U.S. Colored Troops Infantry Regiments defended the railroad from Confederate cavalry and guerrilla attacks. These 78 miles of rail became vitally important after Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan burned the south tunnel of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad in Sumner County, thus delaying southbound Federal supplies to Nashville.
Union Gen. William T. Sherman later stated,
Tennessee railroad map, from Civil War Atlas
Johnsonville Depot - Courtesy Library of Congress
Trestle, Sullivan’s Branch Bridge No. 2 Courtesy Tennessee State Library and Archives
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 36° 4.524′ N, 87° 23.328′ W. Marker is in Dickson, Tennessee, in Dickson County. Marker is on Frank Clement Place west of Center Avenue (Tennessee Route 48), on the right when traveling west. The marker is on the grounds of the Clement Railroad Museum. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dickson TN 37055, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Railroad (a few steps from this marker); Frank Goad Clement First National Bank (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1950 Korean Conflict 1955/1964 Vietnam Era 1975 (about 700 feet away); World War II 1940-1946 (about 700 feet away); World War I 1917-1919 (about 700 feet away); Dickson, Tennessee,100 Years 1899-1999 (about 700 feet away); War Memorial Building (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dickson.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 1, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 574 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 1, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.