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Battle of Nashville Trust.
(I am on the board.)
For a spot-on "Now" version, according to a fellow Battle of Nashville Trust board member, I needed to stand at the McDonald's a little farther north on Hillsboro Pike. (Ugh, I hate their Big Macs.) Urban clutter from that spot would have prevented a decent "Now" shot. Besides, I had a construction nail in my shoe and desperately wanted to avoid tetanus.
|The historical marker|
on Hillsboro Pike for
Redoubt No. 5.
There's not much good about this section of Hillsboro Pike—well, maybe except for the Shake Shack that serves an awesome strawberry shake topped with whipped cream 😅 and a Whole Foods market that sells a lot of swell but overpriced fruit and vegetables. As you can see below in the Google Street View, an apartment complex and a church occupy ground along the pike that once was a cornfield and pasture.
I zoomed in on the "Then" image by Kern hoping to find a stray musket or perhaps an artillery shell left over from the battle. Alas, no relics were found. But I discovered neat details: a dry-stack wall (some survive in the Nashville area); a small bridge over Sugartree Creek; and in the field at right, a residence and outbuildings. I'll check out deed/property records from the period.
|Dry-stack walls in Nashville|
along Granny White Pike, similar
to what once lined Hillsboro Pike.
While I head over to Shake Shack, check out my posts on visits to what remains of Redoubts 3 and 4. And here's my Rambling column in Civil War Times magazine on Nashville hallowed ground today, what I like to call a "battlefield of the mind."
As always, let's keep history—and strawberry milkshakes topped with whipped cream—alive.
|A cropped enlargment of Albert Kern's 1899 Kern photo shows dry-stack walls and a bridge|
on Hillsboro Pike. The historic road looks much different today.
|A residence and outbuildings appear on the right side of Hillsboro Pike in this cropped enlargement|
of Albert Kern's 1899 image. (CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE.)