|A Battle of Nashville "witness" tree looms near the monument. (CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE.)|
|The ancient oak towers over the neighborhood. What secrets does it hold?|
|The Battle of Nashville monument honors soldiers on both sides of the conflict.|
The original monument, made of mostly marble and located on Franklin Pike, was dedicated in 1927 and eventually nearly swallowed whole by interstate construction and other urban development. In 1974, the obelisk and an angel atop it were destroyed in a tornado. Only the pedestal and another part of the monument survived. In 1999, a restored monument was placed in its present-day location and re-dedicated on a site once part of the 1,500-acre Noel farm, scene of brutal fighting in 1864.
|The monument is off busy Granny White Road, a war-time route for the armies.|
|A close-up of the monument on a sun-splashed afternoon.|
|The original monument, destroyed in a tornado, was located elsewhere in Nashville.|
|The front of the monument honoring soldiers who fought in the Dec. 15-16, 1864, battle.|