Feb02

The Construction of Fort Negley

Fort Negley's historical story lies in its design and construction history, not in its military engagements.

On December 10, 2004 the Fort Negley site in Nashville, Tennessee opened to the public, resurrected as a city park for the second time in its 142-year existence.

Named after Union General James Scott Negley, commander of 6000 troops in Nashville in the summer of 1862, Fort Negley was the core and most formidable component of an elaborate defensive system builtby the Union Army after Federal troops occupied Nashville in 1862.

James St. Clair Morton, a West Point-trained civil engineer, designed the dry-laid stone fort that crowns Saint Cloud Hill,one of the highest elevations in the city. Fort Negley's historical story lies in its design and construction history, not in its military engagements. While numerous secondary sources state that Fort Negley fired the opening shots in the Battle of Nashville in December 1864, Fort Negley was never attacked during the war, perhaps because it was "a very imposing fort, and its appearance alone would keep an enemy at good distance."

For park visitors, the fort's complex star design is its most striking feature, and even Nashville residents are surprised to learn that Fort Negley was the largest inland masonry fortification constructed during the Civil War.

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Author: Professor David Rowe

Article and Image Source: http://www.africanafrican.com

Keywords: Fort Negley,USA,Civil War,Military Architecture,Nashville,

 

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