“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Dickson in Dickson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Civil War Railroad

Mile Post 42 / Smeedsville Station


— Dickson Station —

Civil War Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 24, 2013
1. Civil War Railroad Marker
Inscription.  Continued attacks by Confederate guerrillas destroying Union supply ships on the Cumberland River at Yellow Creek and Harpeth Shoals, as they attempted to supply Nashville, necessitated General U.S. Grant to authorize the construction of a safe means of transportation from the Tennessee River to Nashville. The result was a 78 mile railroad constructed by the 12th and 13th U.S. Colored Troops Infantry Regiments. The guerrilla attacks were organized at a meeting held in the saloons on the Court Square at Charlotte. As many as 300 troops were assigned to secure the Court Square in Charlotte which enabled the railroad to be constructed to its south without organized attack from Confederate guerrillas. Following the War, present day Dickson was established at Mile Post 42. The town was first known as Smeedsville Station.

Period photo of the trestle at Gillam’s (or Gillem’s) Station--site D51, now called Tennessee City. Fortifications erected at this site have been reduced and are now occupied by a cemetery.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars
Civil War Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 24, 2013
2. Civil War Railroad Marker
War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #18 Ulysses S. Grant series list.
Location. 36° 4.529′ N, 87° 23.332′ 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. 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. Mile Post 42 (a few steps from this marker); Frank Goad Clement (a few steps from this marker); First National Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II 1940-1946 (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); 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); 1950 Korean Conflict 1955/1964 Vietnam Era 1975 (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 485 times since then and 35 times this year. Last updated on March 14, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 1, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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