Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
War on the Home Front
Belle Meade and Union Occupation
After the evacuation, Union commanders soon took control and arrested leading Confederates, such as Harding, who was imprisoned at Fort Mackinaw, Michigan, from April to September 1862. His wife, Elizabeth McGavock Harding, ran the plantation in her husband’s absence. That fall she complained bitterly to Military Governor Andrew Johnson about the treatment of the family’s plantation: “There has been removed already from this place … five hundred wagon loads of hay, corn, oats, wheat, etc. … The Government has made a requisition upon me for horses for the use of the Cavalry and have taken every suitable horse I had except my carriage horses. The soldiers have entered the lawns and killed before my eyes and carried away every head of poultry upon the place, not only my own but the
The arrival of Union soldiers also reduced the size of the plantation’s enslaved workforce. According to Harding, “They have taken from me without even giving me a receipt therefore every negro man—able-bodied—on this place, 22 in number.”
William Giles Harding, 1856 Courtesy Belle Meade Plantation
Elizabeth McGavock Harding, 1857 Courtesy Belle Meade Plantation
Foraging for hay - Courtesy Library of Congress
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 6.4′ N, 86° 51.864′ 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, on the right when traveling north. Located in the parking 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Belle Meade Plantation (here, next to this marker); a different marker also Belle Meade Plantation (here, next to this marker); Belle Meade Farm Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker); The Natchez Trace (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Parmer School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Belle Meade Golf Links Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Harpeth Hall School (approx. 1.4 miles away); Dutchman’s Curve Train Wreck (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
Also see . . . Belle Meade Plantation. (Submitted on October 3, 2013.)
Topics. This marker is included in this topic list: War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 3, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 575 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on March 14, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 3, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.