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Historical Markers in New Johnsonville, Tennessee

Clickable Map of Humphreys County, Tennessee and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Humphreys County, TN (47) Benton County, TN (21) Dickson County, TN (36) Hickman County, TN (18) Houston County, TN (5) Perry County, TN (8)  HumphreysCounty(47) Humphreys County (47)  BentonCounty(21) Benton County (21)  DicksonCounty(36) Dickson County (36)  HickmanCounty(18) Hickman County (18)  HoustonCounty(5) Houston County (5)  PerryCounty(8) Perry County (8)
Waverly is the county seat for Humphreys County
New Johnsonville is in Humphreys County
      Humphreys County (47)  
      Benton County (21)  
      Dickson County (36)  
      Hickman County (18)  
      Houston County (5)  
      Perry County (8)  
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1Tennessee (Humphreys County), New Johnsonville — Artillery at Johnsonville
The Union army used a variety of field artillery to protect the supply depot at Johnsonville. Gunboats docked at the wharf were also equipped with heavy naval guns that were effective against Confederate field artillery. Ten field guns were . . . Map (db m177401) HM
2Tennessee (Humphreys County), New Johnsonville — Battle of JohnsonvilleUp in Smoke
Johnsonville was a major Federal supply depot on the Tennessee River at the western terminus of the Nashville and Northwestern Railroad, completed in May 1864. Col. Charles R. Thompson commanded the 2,000-man garrison here. The 12th, 13th, and 100th . . . Map (db m74390) HM
3Tennessee (Humphreys County), New Johnsonville — Building the Upper Redoubt
The construction of Johnsonville's Upper Redoubt - called Fort Johnson during the Civil War - is shrouded in mystery. A redoubt is an earthwork enclosed on all sides. The overall configuration may be square, polygonal, or circular. There is . . . Map (db m177359) HM
4Tennessee (Humphreys County), New Johnsonville — Crockett Cemetery
Crockett Cemetery sits in the shadow of the Upper Redoubt. This silent Civil War fortification now watches over the people who once lived and worked in Johnsonville. Crockett Cemetery was founded here about 1880. In 1987, the families of Old . . . Map (db m177285) HM
5Tennessee (Humphreys County), New Johnsonville — Forrest Shells the DepotThe Battle of Johnsonville — November 4, 1864 —
Capt. John W. Morton, Forrest's chief of artillery, discovered a serious flaw in Johnsonville's defenses. The guns in the fortification could not be depressed enough to hit cannon placed behind the levee on the opposite side of the river. The . . . Map (db m176883) HM
6Tennessee (Humphreys County), New Johnsonville — Forrest's Opening MoveThe Battle of Johnsonville — November 4, 1864 —
Union Gen. William T. Sherman’s army held Atlanta and was poised to strike deeper into the Confederacy. Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford B. Forrest was determined to cut off Sherman’s supplies and cripple the Union campaign. In November 1864, Forrest . . . Map (db m176875) HM
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7Tennessee (Humphreys County), New Johnsonville — Garrison Troops
A garrison is a contingent of military personnel stationed at a strategic location for defensive purposes. Federal troops at Johnsonville were responsible for protecting the supply depot and guarding the Nashville and Northwestern Railroad. Between . . . Map (db m177278) HM
8Tennessee (Humphreys County), New Johnsonville — 3E 21 — Jesse James
In August 1877, Jesse James, the notorious outlaw, moved to this site from Missouri and rented a farm from N.B. Link. Using the assumed name of J.D. Howard, he engaged in farming and horse racing. He entered one of his horses, Red Fox, in local . . . Map (db m52583) HM
9Tennessee (Humphreys County), New Johnsonville — JohnsonvilleConstructing a Military Depot
As the Union military occupation spread over Middle Tennessee, Federal commanders needed a supply depot on the Tennessee River. By 1863, they agree that such a depot, navigable year around, would provide Union armies in the west with a stream of . . . Map (db m176873) HM
10Tennessee (Humphreys County), New Johnsonville — Lower Redoubt
This strong earthen fortification protected the Johnsonville depot. From this position, the Lower Redoubt overlooked the wharves, warehouses and the Tennessee River. Unfortunately, its designers did not anticipate an artillery attack made from the . . . Map (db m177289) HM
11Tennessee (Humphreys County), New Johnsonville — Nashville and Northwestern Railroad
Before you is the old railbed of the Nashville and Northwestern Railroad. In 1863, the Union army extended the railroad to the Tennessee River, creating a reliable and secure supply line between the Ohio River and Nashville. Building the . . . Map (db m176871) HM
12Tennessee (Humphreys County), New Johnsonville — 3E 12 — Old Johnsonville
This town was named for Andrew Johnson, military governor of Tennessee (1862 - 65). Although the community had been a steamboat landing prior to the Civil War, it was not until the Nashville and Northwestern Railroad was completed by the Union Army . . . Map (db m176880) HM
13Tennessee (Humphreys County), New Johnsonville — Old Johnsonville Cemetery
Since the early 1800s, several hundred families have lived in the Johnsonville—Reynoldsburg area. The same body of water that gave birth to Johnsonville also wrote the final chapter in it's history. In 1945 the Tennessee river became Kentucky Lake . . . Map (db m177286) HM
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14Tennessee (Humphreys County), New Johnsonville — Pisgah United Methodist Church
Established 1895. Plant community Humphreys County TNMap (db m192702) HM
15Tennessee (Humphreys County), New Johnsonville — The Final TallyThe Battle of Johnsonville — November 4, 1864 —
Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's raid destroyed thirty-three vessels and millions of dollars worth of supplies. He took 150 prisoners. Yet, in the end, the raid had little effect on Gen. Sherman's plans to move deeper into Georgia or on the final . . . Map (db m176891) HM
16Tennessee (Humphreys County), New Johnsonville — The Horse Corral
Johnsonville's Union supply depot included a six-acre horse corral. The corral was located directly to your front and left on what was at the time the bank of the Tennessee River. The photograph on the right, taken in November 1864, clearly shows . . . Map (db m177281) HM
17Tennessee (Humphreys County), New Johnsonville — The Tennessee River in the Civil War
The Tennessee River flows from the mountains of east Tennessee to the Ohio River at Paducah, Kentucky. In the 19th century it was navigable from the Ohio to Great Bend at Muscle Shoals in northern Alabama. Steamboats and gunboats could move freely . . . Map (db m176879) HM
18Tennessee (Humphreys County), New Johnsonville — The Town of Johnsonville
A civilian community grew up beside the army supply depot, providing goods and services to soldiers and civilian workers. After the Civil War, Johnsonville's economy revolved around the river and the railroad. Johnsonville ceased to exist in the . . . Map (db m74425) HM
19Tennessee (Humphreys County), New Johnsonville — The Turntable
During the Civil War, the railroad that terminated at Johnsonville included a turntable for rotating locomotive engines. The turntable was a large circular pit with a stone outer base. Located in the middle of the pit was a central pivot (made of . . . Map (db m177265) HM
20Tennessee (Humphreys County), New Johnsonville — The Union Supply Depot
Johnsonville was a vital cog in the Union war machine. At this busy, noisy, sprawling complex of wharves, docks, warehouses and corrals the work of war continued unabated. Steamboats crowded the wharf. Day in and day out, laborers moved . . . Map (db m176878) HM
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21Tennessee (Humphreys County), New Johnsonville — United States Colored Troops at Johnsonville
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 . . . Map (db m177290) HM
22Tennessee (Humphreys County), New Johnsonville — Winfrey Cemetery
The Lower Redoubt, the fortification built to protect the Civil War depot, now watches over Winfrey Cemetery and people who once lived and worked in Johnsonville. Winfrey Cemetery was originally located on a hill overlooking the town of . . . Map (db m177288) HM
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Oct. 1, 2022