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

Belle Meade Plantation

Change of Ownership

Belle Meade Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 25, 2013
1. Belle Meade Plantation Marker
Inscription. Confederate Gen. William Hicks “Billy” Jackson (1835–1903), who acquired Belle Meade Plantation after the war, served with distinction throughout the Western Theater of the Civil War. He was an excellent horseman, a skill that served him well during the war and afterward. He graduated from West Point in 1856 and was sent to fight in the Indian wars in New Mexico territory. In May 1861, he resigned his commission and enrolled as a Confederate artillery captain. In November 1861 at the Battle of Belmont, Missouri, Jackson was aide-de-camp to Gen. Gideon J. Pillow and was wounded in the fighting. After recovering, Jackson in April 1862 was appointed colonel of the 1st Tennessee Cavalry. Before the year ended, he had been promoted to brigadier general.

Jackson led cavalry divisions in Mississippi and Tennessee. He served under Gens. John Pemberton and Joseph E. Johnston during the Vicksburg Campaign in 1863, and then under Johnson in the 1864 Atlanta Campaign. His significant battles in Tennessee were at Thompson Station in 1863 and during the Hood Campaign late in 1864. On November 30, 1864, at Franklin, Jackson told his men to “do your duty, behave like gentlemen, respect citizens and their property, and endure hardships without a murmur.”

By February 1865, Jackson commanded a Tennessee
Belle Meade Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 25, 2013
2. Belle Meade Plantation Marker
cavalry in Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s force. When the fighting ended, Jackson served as Confederated parole commissioner for soldiers from Mississippi and Alabama.

In December 1868, Jackson married Selene Harding of Belle Meade Plantation. As the new master of Belle Meade, he transformed the farm into the nation’s leading thoroughbred breeding center.

Gen. William H. Jackson, 1863 Courtesy Belle Meade Plantation
Cavalry charge - Courtesy Library of Congress
William H. Jackson and Selene Harding Jackson, wedding portraits, 1868 - Courtesy Belle Meade Plantation
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 6.4′ N, 86° 51.863′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker can be reached from Harding Pike (U.S. 70S) 0.2 miles north of Leake Avenue when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in the parking lot of Belle Meade Plantation. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5025 Harding Pike, Nashville TN 37205, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Belle Meade Plantation
Belle Meade Plantation House image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 25, 2013
3. Belle Meade Plantation House
(here, next to this marker); War on the Home Front (here, next to this marker); Belle Meade Farm Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker); The Natchez Trace (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Harpeth Hall School (approx. 1.4 miles away); Dutchman’s Curve Train Wreck (approx. 1.6 miles away); Percy Warner Park (approx. 1.6 miles away); Luke Lea Heights (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
Also see . . .  Belle Meade Plantation. (Submitted on October 3, 2013.)
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 3, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 448 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 3, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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