An Un-Civil War

The Battle of West Nashville

Kelley’s Point (Brookmeade Park) Under Siege – Again

Brookmeade Greenway 2016

December 12, 2021

In the late 1990s I began research on a little known American Civil War battle site near where I grew up in West Nashville. Having served in the Navy, I was captivated by the fact that, not only was it the location of a Civil War battle, it was the location of a Civil War Naval battle. There was little more than a footnote in the accounts of The Battle of Nashville that I could find.

The 1864 saga fell together at my fingertips with the recently released computerized naval official war records (N-OR). About the same time, an opportunity presented itself to publicize this story when the historic site was set for a massive commercial real estate development.

The real estate project was opposed by much of the community. Among many concerns, it was also…

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