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New Johnsonville, Tennessee Historical Markers

 
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By Don Morfe, April 19, 2014
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Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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 m74396) HM
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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 m74391) HM
Tennessee (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 m74427) HM
Tennessee (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 m51684) HM
Tennessee (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 m82190) HM
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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 everything . . . — Map (db m82191) HM
Tennessee (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 m82192) HM

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