Dickson in Dickson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Mile Post 42
The U.S. Military Railroad
Free blacks and former slaves impressed by the Union Army constructed the military railroad. The 12th and 13th U.S. Colored Troops Infantry Regiments defended the railroad from Confederate cavalry and guerrilla attacks. These 78 miles of rail became vitally important after Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan burned the south tunnel of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad in Sumner County, thus delaying southbound Federal supplies to Nashville.
Union Gen. William T. Sherman later stated, “The Atlanta campaign would simply have been impossible without the use of railroads.” After the military railroad was completed in 1864, army supplies were transported south by ship
Tennessee railroad map, from Civil War Atlas
Johnsonville Depot - Courtesy Library of Congress
Trestle, Sullivanís Branch Bridge No. 2 Courtesy Tennessee State Library and Archives
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 4.524′ N, 87° 23.328′ 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. The marker is on the grounds of the Clement Railroad Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Dickson TN 37055, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Railroad (a few steps from this marker); Frank Goad Clement (a few steps from this marker); First National Bank (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); World War II 1940-1946 World War I 1917-1919 (about 700 feet away); 1950 Korean Conflict 1955/1964 Vietnam Era 1975 (about 700 feet away); Dickson, Tennessee,100 Years 1899-1999 (about 700 feet away); War Memorial Building (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dickson.
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil •
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