“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Belle Meade Plantation

Change of Ownership

Belle Meade Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 25, 2013
1. Belle Meade Plantation Marker
Inscription.  Confederate Gen. William Hicks “Billy” Jackson (1835–1903), who acquired Belle Meade Plantation after the war, served with distinction throughout the Western Theater of the Civil War. He was an excellent horseman, a skill that served him well during the war and afterward. He graduated from West Point in 1856 and was sent to fight in the Indian wars in New Mexico territory. In May 1861, he resigned his commission and enrolled as a Confederate artillery captain. In November 1861 at the Battle of Belmont, Missouri, Jackson was aide-de-camp to Gen. Gideon J. Pillow and was wounded in the fighting. After recovering, Jackson in April 1862 was appointed colonel of the 1st Tennessee Cavalry. Before the year ended, he had been promoted to brigadier general.

Jackson led cavalry divisions in Mississippi and Tennessee. He served under Gens. John Pemberton and Joseph E. Johnston during the Vicksburg Campaign in 1863, and then under Johnson in the 1864 Atlanta Campaign. His significant battles in Tennessee were at Thompson Station in 1863 and during the Hood Campaign late in 1864. On November 30, 1864, at Franklin, Jackson told
Paid Advertisement
Click on the ad for more information.
Please report objectionable advertising to the Editor.
Click or scan to see
this page online
his men to “do your duty, behave like gentlemen, respect citizens and their property, and endure hardships without a murmur.”

By February 1865, Jackson commanded a Tennessee cavalry in Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s force. When the fighting ended, Jackson served as Confederated parole commissioner for soldiers from Mississippi and Alabama.

In December 1868, Jackson married Selene Harding of Belle Meade Plantation. As the new master of Belle Meade, he transformed the farm into the nation’s leading thoroughbred breeding center.

Gen. William H. Jackson, 1863 Courtesy Belle Meade Plantation
Cavalry charge - Courtesy Library of Congress
William H. Jackson and Selene Harding Jackson, wedding portraits, 1868 - Courtesy Belle Meade Plantation
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1865.
Location. 36° 6.4′ N, 86° 51.863′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker can be reached from Harding Pike (U.S. 70S) 0.2 miles north of Leake Avenue when traveling north. Located in the parking
Belle Meade Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 25, 2013
2. Belle Meade Plantation Marker
lot of Belle Meade Plantation. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5025 Harding Pike, Nashville TN 37205, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Belle Meade Plantation (here, next to this marker); War on the Home Front (here, next to this marker); Slave Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Dairy (within shouting distance of this marker); Belle Meade Bourbon (within shouting distance of this marker); Ice House (within shouting distance of this marker); Slave Burials (within shouting distance of this marker); Mausoleum (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
Also see . . .  Belle Meade Plantation. (Submitted on October 3, 2013.)
Belle Meade Plantation House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 25, 2013
3. Belle Meade Plantation House
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 3, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 771 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 3, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

Share this page.  
Share on Tumblr

CeraNet Cloud Computing sponsors the Historical Marker Database.
Paid Advertisements

Oct. 2, 2023