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(8-02) Enlarge Battle of Nashville Monument

Brian Risher photo

 

(8-02) Enlarge Monument

Brian Risher photo

      

(10-05) Marker for Peach Orchard Hill, scene of desperate fighting on Dec. 16, 1864. The Confederates held the Hill. USCT troops were decimated in the assault. The Confederate commander cited their bravery in his after action report

Andy Creighton photo

 

(10-05) Enlarge Marker for Shy's Hill, scene of the decisive action on Dec. 16, 1864. The capture of the hill led to the collapse of the Confederate line and Hood's retreat. The name was originally Compton's Hill but renamed in honor of the Confederate commander who died defending it
 
Andy Creighton photo

     

(June 2013) Enlarge Small park and replica cannon guard the crest of Shy's Hill; in addition to the U.S. and Tennessee flags, that of Minnesota also flies here, in tribute to the losses suffered by the soldiers from that state storming the position
 
James Neel photo

 

(June 2013) Enlarge Hood's line on the morning of Dec. 16, 1864, was now only about half as long as on the previous day, and ran on an east-west axis with Overton's Hill anchoring the right flank and what became known as Shy's Hill anchoring the left. Connecting the twin knobs in part is current Stonewall Lane, which runs through a residential neighborhood parallel with an actual stone wall reputed to be the same one used by the Confederate defenders. Unfortunately for them, their shortened line was all that much easier to flank in a late-afternoon duplicate of the previous day's action. Scofield's men completely surrounded the hill, overrunning it and causing the entire Confederate army to collapse and retreat, the only such instance in the war of such a Confederate rout.
 
James Neel photo

     
 

(June 2013) Enlarge Shy's Hill is named for the 26-year-old colonel of the 20th Tennessee, William M. Shy, who was shot through the head and killed instantly here. Less fortunate perhaps, was Brig. Gen. Thomas Benton Smith who was captured and assaulted on his way to the rear by a vengeful Federal officer who struck the unarmed young general with his sword, cleaving his skull and leaving him mentally unbalanced for the rest of his long life. The location of the current park is totally unmarked from the main road, accessible by Shy's Hill Lane and Benton Smith Road; if I didn't remember its location from back in 1987, plus the 1964 guidebook I used then, I'd never have found it! There's little here, and what there is is reached only after a steep climb on a trail through a sheltering patch of woods amid another residential neighborhood. One can only wonder if there are any plans to somehow improve, tie together, or promote that which remains in time for the Sesquicentennial of the battle next year.
 
James Neel photo

 

(10-05) Confederate earthworks are still visible on the top of Shy's Hill
 
Andy Creighton photo

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