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New Johnsonville in Humphreys County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

United States Colored Troops at Johnsonville

 
 
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By Don Morfe, April 19, 2014
1. United States Colored Troops at Johnsonville Marker
Inscription. United States Colored Troops formed the majority of Johnsonville's garrison. They played a crucial role in the construction of the depot and its defensive works. They garrisoned the blockhouse defending the Nashville and Northwestern Railroad and fought at the Battle of Johnsonville.

Battle of Johnsonville
November 4, 1864


Johnsonville's 2,500-man garrison consisted of the 12th and 13th U.S. Colored Infantries, the 43rd Wisconsin Infantry and Meig's Battery—Company A, 2nd U.S. Colored Light Artillery.

The garrison faced Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest in early November 1864. While Forrest's attack succeeded, the men fought well. The gunners of Meig's Battery hit one of the Confederate guns, forcing them to pull back. Sharpshooters of the 13th U.S.C.I. drove Confederate soldiers from the riverbank.

The Battle of Nashville
December 15-16, 1864


All of the United States Colored Troops who fought at Johnsonville faced the Confederates again at the Battle of Nashville. As part of the Second Colored Brigade they were in the forefront of the assault on the Confederate works on Peach Orchard Hill (Overton Hill). Their valor and determination earned them the praise of not only their Union comrades, but also of the Confederates they fought.

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United States Colored Troops at Johnsonville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 19, 2014
2. United States Colored Troops at Johnsonville Marker
center) Company A, 2nd U.S. Colored Artillery at Johnsonville. They fought at the Battle of Johnsonville and at the Battle of Nashville.
(upper right) The 13th U.S. Colored Infantry lost 40% of its men in the assault of Overton Hill.
 
Erected by Tennessee State Parks.
 
Location. 36° 3.636′ N, 87° 57.636′ W. Marker is in New Johnsonville, Tennessee, in Humphreys County. Marker can be reached from Old Johnsonville Road half a mile west of Nell Beard Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Johnsonville State Historic Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 Nell Beard Road, New Johnsonville TN 37134, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Forrest's Opening Move (within shouting distance of this marker); Johnsonville (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nashville and Northwestern Railroad (about 600 feet away); The Town of Johnsonville (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Union Supply Depot (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Johnsonville (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Tennessee River in the Civil War (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle of Johnsonville (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Johnsonville.
 
Also see . . .  Johnsonville State Historic Park. (Submitted on June 15, 2014.)
 
Categories. African AmericansWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 15, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 346 times since then and 44 times this year. Last updated on April 6, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 15, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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