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

Oaklands Mansion

Watching from the Windows


— Forrest's First Raid —

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By Don Morfe, July 26, 2013
1. Oaklands Mansion Marker
Inscription.  (preface)
For two weeks in July 1862, Col. Nathan Bedford Forrest led 1,400 cavalrymen through Middle Tennessee to raid, scout, and disrupt the Union Army of The Cumberland’s operation there. Leaving McMinnville on July 13, Forrest fought actions at Murfreesboro, on the outskirts of Nashville, at Manchester, and elsewhere. He also destroyed railroad tracks and cut telegraph lines. Forrest’s raid, his first independent command, was also the first large-scale raid within the Federal lines in the western theater. It earned him a promotion to brigadier general.

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On the morning of July 13, 1862, Union Gen. Thomas T. Crittenden’s force at Murfreesboro was separated into three detachments. Col. William Duffield and the 9th Michigan Infantry were camped here at Oaklands, Lewis and Rachel Adeline Maney's house, around Maney’s Spring. An infantry company guarded the courthouse in town, while an infantry regiment, a cavalry unit, and an artillery battery were camped on Stones River more than a mile northwest of the town.

Suddenly, Confederate Col. Nathan Bedford Forrest charged into Murfreesboro having
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By Don Morfe, July 26, 2013
2. Map of Forrest's First Raid
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divided his command to attack all three Federal detachments simultaneously. Part of the Battle of Murfreesboro took place on the front lawn here while Maney children watched from an upstairs window. When the Confederates attacked, a resident wrote, “The whole population were aroused from their slumbers, and rushed to their windows, balconies, and verandas, with every demonstration of delight.” Forrest’s troops soon overpowered the Federals here. Duffield, wounded during the fighting, remained at Oaklands, where the Maney family and their slaves cared for him until he had recuperated enough to travel.

In mid-December 1862, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his aide Stephen D. Lee stayed here. Davis reviewed Confederate troops nearby and wrote, “The troops in Murfreesboro were in fine spirits and well supplied.”

In 1872, Lewis Maney filed a war damage claim for $27,000 for the plantation’s losses during the war, but federal authorities rejected it.

Evergreen Cemetery, which was part of the Maney plantation, is located east of here. Maney family members are buried there, as well as the Confederate dead.

Gen. Thomas T. Crittenden Courtesy Library of Congress
Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest Courtesy Library of Congress
Murfreesboro, Harper’s Weekly, Jan. 31,
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By Don Morfe, July 26, 2013
3. Oaklands Mansion Marker
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 July 1862.
Location. 35° 51.308′ N, 86° 23.075′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is on North Maney Avenue north of Roberts Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 North Maney Avenue, Murfreesboro TN 37130, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Civil War (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wetland Plants and Animals (about 300 feet away); Agriculture and Gardening (about 300 feet away); N. B. Forrest's Raid on Murfreesboro (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Oaklands Mansion (about 300 feet away); The Maney Family (about 300 feet away); Forrest’s Murfreesboro Raid (about 400 feet away); Evergreen Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
Also see . . .  Oaklands Historic House Museum. (Submitted on October 9, 2013.)
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By Don Morfe, July 26, 2013
4. Oaklands Mansion
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 9, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 747 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on April 20, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 9, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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