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 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 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); Irish Shanty Camp Gillem (approx. 7.2 miles away); To All Who Served (approx. 7.6 miles away); Civil War In Charlotte (approx. 7.6 miles away); Fighting for Freedom (approx. 9.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dickson.
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil •
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