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New Johnsonville in Humphreys County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

The Union Supply Depot

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By Don Morfe, April 19, 2014
1. The Union Supply Depot Marker
Inscription.  Johnsonville was a vital cog in the Union war machine. At this busy, noisy, sprawling complex of wharves, docks, warehouses and corrals the work of war continued unabated. Steamboats crowded the wharf. Day in and day out, laborers moved everything from blankets to cattle to rifles from boats onto trains bound for Nashville.

Johnsonville, 1864

Try to imagine Johnsonville in 1864. It is nothing like the peaceful forested park of today. It is ugly and bare. There are no trees, they have been leveled to give soldiers in the fortification a clear field of fire should the enemy attack.

The depot is ugly and noisy. Steam whistles blare, trains chug along the tracks, the sawmill whines, men shout and horses neigh. The rough unpainted buildings are so new the smell of raw lumber lingers in the air. When it rains, and it often does in winter, the mud is unbelievable. Conditions don’t matter. What matters is keeping supplies moving to the front.

Fueling Union Victory

The Johnsonville depot fed, clothed, and armed the Union armies that relentlessly hounded the Confederate Army of Tennessee,
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By Don Morfe, April 19, 2014
2. The Union Supply Depot Marker
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pushing them out of Tennessee once and for all. It supplied Gen. William T. Sherman’s successful Atlanta Campaign and fueled Union victory.

Copyright 1992 David J. Meagher
Erected by Tennessee State Parks.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1864.
Location. 36° 3.768′ N, 87° 57.966′ W. Marker is in New Johnsonville, Tennessee, in Humphreys County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Johnsonville Road and Museum Road, on the left when traveling west on Old Johnsonville Road. The marker is located on the grounds of the Johnsonville State Historic Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 Nell Beard Road, New Johnsonville TN 37134, 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. Old Johnsonville (a few steps from this marker); The Tennessee River in the Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); The Town of Johnsonville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nashville and Northwestern Railroad (approx. ¼ mile away); United States Colored Troops at Johnsonville (approx. 0.3 miles away); Forrest's Opening Move (approx. 0.4 miles away); Johnsonville (approx. 0.4 miles away); Eva Archaic Site (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Johnsonville.
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 Johnsonville State Historic Park. (Submitted on June 15, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 15, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 450 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on April 6, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 15, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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