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Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Travellers Rest

“The proudest moment of my life”

 

—Hood's Campaign —

 
Travellers Rest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 18, 2014
1. Travellers Rest Marker
Inscription. In September 1864, after Union Gen. William T. Sherman defeated Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood at Atlanta, Hood led the Army of Tennessee northwest against Sherman’s supply lines. Rather than contest Sherman’s “March to the Sea,” Hood moved north into Tennessee. Gen. John M. Schofield, detached from Sherman’s army, delayed Hood at Columbia and Spring Hill before falling back to Franklin. The bloodbath here on November 30 crippled the Confederates, but they followed Schofield to the outskirts of Nashville and Union Gen. George H. Thomas’s strong defenses. Hood’s campaign ended when Thomas crushed his army on December 15-16.

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On December 2, 1864, two days after the bloody Battle of Franklin, Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood established his headquarters here at Travellers Rest, the home of John Overton, a prominent planter and businessman, and his wife, Harriet Overton. Hood and his staff established themselves in the house and in tents around the grounds.

During the two weeks leading up to the Battle of Nashville, Hood’s subordinates met with him here, where the Overton family entertained Gens. Nathan Bedford Forrest, Stephen D. Lee, Benjamin F. Cheatham, Alexander P. Stewart and others. Harriet Overton later recalled an occasion when seven Confederate generals were seated at her
Close up of map shown on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 18, 2014
2. Close up of map shown on the marker
dining room table as “the proudest moment of my life.” Hood remained at the house until December 15, the first day of the Battle of Nashville.

On December 16, heavy fighting raged at Peach Orchard Hill, then located on the farm about 600 yards to the northwest. A failed Union assault against heavy Confederate defenses resulted in about 1,000 U.S. casualties, or a third of the Union losses in the entire battle. Some of the heaviest casualties occurred among several regiments of U.S. Colored Troops, most of them former slaves, who performed with extreme bravery under fire. The 13th USCT lost 221 men out of 470. Despite the Federal casualties, Hood was defeated later that day, ending the Battle of Nashville.

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(lower left) John Overton and Harriet Overton Courtesy Travellers Rest Plantation
(upper right) Gen. John Bell Hood Courtesy Library of Congress
(lower right) Travellers Rest, ca. 1884 Courtesy U.S. Army Heritage and Education Collection, Carlisle Barracks
 
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 36° 4.576′ N, 86° 45.885′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee
Travellers Rest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 18, 2014
3. Travellers Rest Marker
, in Davidson County. Marker can be reached from Farrell Parkway half a mile east of Franklin Pike (U.S. 31), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in the parking lot of the Historic Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 636 Farrell Parkway, Nashville TN 37220, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Travellers' Rest (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Nashville (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Nashville (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Nashville (approx. one mile away); Dry-Stack Stone Walls (approx. 2.3 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Nashville (approx. 2.3 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Nashville (approx. 2.3 miles away); Granny White Grave (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum. (Submitted on June 13, 2014.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 13, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 436 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 13, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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