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$100 Million project stopped at Ft. Negley a Black Fort site
Posted by: samintx
Date: January 13, 2018 06:30AM
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This was going to be a big dollar income for the Nashville area full of shops and entertainment but because of the possibility of black graves, the Fort was built by slaves during the Civil War, the development has stopped --saddening the Mayor.

I bet the blacks that built the fort were from those s*&^ lands 45 spoke of and anxious to get back to their huts when they finished the Fort.RollingEyesSmiley5

Great pictures of the original fort:

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History:
Once Confederate forces were routed from Forts Henry and Donelson (on the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers, respectively), in February 1862, Confederate commanders decided that any further effort in the defense of Nashville would be pointless, and they abandoned any attempt to keep Nashville behind their lines. It was almost immediately occupied by Union forces, who rapidly began preparations for its defense. The largest of the fortifications erected was Fort Negley, a star-shaped limestone block structure atop St. Cloud Hill, south of the city. The construction of the fort was overseen by Captain James St. Clair Morton. The fort was constructed out of 62,500 cubic feet (1,770 m3) of stone, 18,000 cubic feet (510 m3) of earth and cost $130,000.[2] It was largely constructed using the labor of local slaves (including women), newly freed slaves who had flocked to Nashville once it was taken by Union forces with the understanding that their status as slaves was to be revoked were they to work for the Union, and by free blacks forcibly conscripted for the work. Records show that 2,768 blacks were officially enrolled in its construction.[3] During construction, 600 to 800 men died, and only 310 ever received any pay.[1] The fort was named for Union Army commander General James S. Negley.

When the Battle of Nashville finally began in December 1864, it was largely fought on the heights even farther south of the city than Fort Negley, which despite its then-impressive appearance never played a leading military role. Shortly after the war, the fort was abandoned and fell into ruin; however, its outline could be readily discerned for many years afterwards in the encroaching woods. During the Reconstruction period, the area was used as a meeting place for the Ku Klux Klan.



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 01/13/2018 06:45AM by samintx.
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Re: $100 Million project stopped at Ft. Negley a Black Fort site
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: January 13, 2018 01:51PM
Good. Too much history is lost to development.
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