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Some 12,769 Civil War-era soldiers (Union) are buried at the National Cemetery, including members of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) who fought on both days of The Battle of Nashville at Granbury’s Lunette and Peach Orchard Hill. 15 event took place near the bronze statue dedicated in 2006 to the United States Colored Troops.
BONPS, which owns the property, flew the yellow flag during the December 13 commemoration, during which several Federal reenactors and a Confederate “prisoner of war” imparted their knowledge of the battle and their gear to dozens of visitors.
A ceremony commemorating the African American soldiers who fought in the Battle of Nashville was held at the Nashville Natlional Cemetery located at 1420 Gallatin Pike S in Madison on Monday, December 15, 2014.
with a recounting of the battle by Jim Kay, and the placing of the wreath by descendants of the Union and Confederate soldiers at the Shy’s Hill Flag Memorial.
All of the programming was in honor and memory of December 15 and 16, 1864, when Nashvillians could stand on the hills outside of Nashville and actually watch two seasoned generals, John Bell Hood for the South and George Thomas for the North, engage each other in a desperate battle that was waged over ground where the descendants of those former spectators now live and shop.
Thousands of men were killed or wounded in the battle that resulted in a rout of the Confederate Army, and the end of the war a few months later in 1865.
Placing the wreath are Ken Flies of Minnesota, a member of the task force responsible for placement of the Minnesota Monument on Shy’s Hill, and Tom Lawrence, a member of the BONPS Board whose great grandfather fought in the battle of Nashville.
(Photo by Fred Crown) Anniversary of the Battle of Nashville.