. As part of its Centennial Expo in 1897, the municipal government of Nashville commissioned a full-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon, meant to emphasize the city’s image as a center of culture and learning–the “Athens of the South”. Today, the replica Parthenon remains in Centennial Park.
When you are living in a van in a Walmart parking lot, there are two basic situations that you will face: places where overnight parking in the lot is legal, or places where it is not. Each situation must be dealt with a bit differently. As a matter of corporate policy, Walmart allows overnight parking … More The Logistics of Living in a Walmart Parking Lot
When the Confederate General Hood approached Nashville in December 1864, he established a defensive line just south of the city, hoping to draw out the Union General Thomas into a decisive fight. To protect his left flank, Hood set out a series of five small cannon forts, known as “Redoubts”. Only one of these survives … More Confederate Redoubt Number 1
The fighting at Shy’s Hill was the decisive action during the Battle of Nashville in December 1864. When the Minnesota Infantry charged up Shy’s Hill, it broke the Confederate flank and allowed the Union forces to roll up the entire line. Confederate General Hood’s army was virtually destroyed, and the Civil War came to an … More Shy’s Hill, Nashville TN
The Battle of Nashville was one of the most important of the American Civil War–it led to the complete destruction of an entire Confederate Army and ended the war in what was then the western United States. Unfortunately most of the battlefield has not been preserved, but a few key places can still be seen … More Kelley’s Point Battlefield
The Military Museum is an adjunct to the Tennessee State Museum located a few blocks away. It’s not very big, but it has a collection of stuff from the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Moro War, which aren’t usually covered by history museums. Here are some photos (sorry for the lighting on some of these–the … More The Tennessee Military Museum
Okay, admit it–you watched “The Dukes of Hazzard”. The cheesy country TV show, starring an orange 1969 Dodge Charger named “General Lee”, was a cultural icon in the early 80’s. “The Dukes” was at the top of the ratings for years until contract disputes and casting changes killed it. But in Nashville TN, part of … More “Cooter’s Place” Dukes of Hazzard Museum