Near Portland in Robertson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Established in 1861, Camp Trousdale was relocated twice before settling permanently just under a mile east of here. The camp contained tents and temporary huts constructed on Summers Beach. Most soldiers arrived by train, and by July 1861, the camp held more than 6,000 men.
After the fall of Fort Donelson in February 1862, thousands of Union soldiers streamed past here southward along the Louisville and Nashville Turnpike and the railroad. Because of their numbers and the lack of army provisions, they foraged here and throughout the countryside for food and supplies. The Duval-Groves is a private residence.
“The fine brick house that was near the junction of the turnpike and the branch along which the soldiers went to camp hardly seems a day older. The small grove of cedars in the yard has grown to magnificent proportions. The old drill field does not seem as large as then. Besides, there are well-grown forests where then were
This idealized view of a “Confederate camp” was published in London in 1871. - Courtesy Library of Congress
Duval-Groves House - Courtesy Robertson County Archives
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 37.144′ N, 86° 34.373′ W. Marker is near Portland, Tennessee, in Robertson County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 31W and Highland Road, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 31W. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Portland TN 37148, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Triangular Jog (approx. 1.1 miles away in Kentucky); Civil War in Tennessee (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fort Smith (approx. 1.4 miles away); Replica of Stone #38 Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away in Kentucky); Tennessee Maneuvers World War II (approx. 2.3 miles away); Cold Spring School (approx. 3 miles away); Birthplace of T.O. Chisholm / Noted Hymn Writer (1866-1960) (approx. 3.4 miles away in Kentucky). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portland.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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