|The view looking northwest of Franklin Pike (State Route 31) from the location|
of a wartime fort. (CLICK ON ALL IMAGES TO ENLARGE.)
|A view from below the fort location.|
|Another view from below fort location. Could these be wartime trenches? Must investigate.|
Thousands of U.S Army troops camped in the fields near this small fort during the war, as the second map below shows. It also shows the locations of headquarters, military and “contraband” camps and other nearby earthworks. Today those fields are occupied by houses, apartments, a park, retail, commercial … and a taco place Mrs. B is dying to visit.
Fort Granger, a massive, earthen Union fort on the bluff above the Harpeth River, appears as that blob at the lower right of both maps. My Civil War pal Jack and I have explored the fort several times—I was even hypnotized there. It's worth your time to visit. If you really want to dig in, check out this doctoral dissertation,
Many “hidden” places like this small Franklin Pike fort remain throughout the Nashville area. So keep your eyes peeled. 😐
|Cropped enlargement of a map from 9th Indiana Cavalry regimental history shows outskirts|
of Franklin and death sites of three officers in the regiment in a battle on Dec. 17, 1864.
|Map from parking lot historical marker at Fort Granger in Franklin, Tenn.|
(Boyd Family Papers | Bancroft Library | University of California-Berkeley)