Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
"The proudest moment of my life"
— Hood's Campaign —
On December 2, 1864, two days after the bloody Battle of Franklin, Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood established his headquarters here at Travellers Rest, the home of John Overton, a prominent planter and businessman, and his wife, Harriet Overton. Hood and his staff established themselves in the house and in tents around the grounds.
During the two weeks leading up to the Battle of Nashville, Hood’s subordinates met with him here, where the Overton family entertained
On December 16, heavy fighting raged at Peach Orchard Hill, then located on the farm about 600 yards to the northwest. A failed Union assault against heavy Confederate defenses resulted in about 1,000 U.S. casualties, or a third of the Union losses in the entire battle. Some of the heaviest casualties occurred among several regiments of U.S. Colored Troops, most of them former slaves, who performed with extreme bravery under fire. The 13th USCT lost 221 men out of 470. Despite the Federal casualties, Hood was defeated later that day, ending the Battle of Nashville.
(lower left) John Overton and Harriet Overton Courtesy Travellers Rest Plantation
(upper right) Gen. John Bell Hood Courtesy Library of Congress
(lower right) Travellers Rest, ca. 1884 Courtesy U.S. Army Heritage and Education Collection, Carlisle Barracks
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 36° 4.576′ N, 86° 45.885′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker can be reached from Farrell Parkway half a mile east of Franklin Pike (U.S. 31), on the left when traveling east. Located in the parking lot of the Historic Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 636 Farrell Parkway, Nashville TN 37220, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Travellers' Rest (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Nashville (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Nashville (approx. 0.7 miles away); Robertson Academy (approx. ¾ mile away); Crieve Hall (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Nashville (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Nashville (approx. 1.6 miles away); Glendale Park (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 13, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 673 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 13, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.