The battle of Nashville had one distinguishing characteristic that made it unique among Civil War battles. It had a huge civilian audience. The battle was fought on what then was the western and southern suburbs of Nashville which was mostly farmland. Nashville citizens were primarily southern sympathizers and silently cheered on the Southern Army as they lined Capital Hill and the hills surrounding Nashville watching the battle. The first picture is civilians watching the battle from capital hill. The second is the same view looking toward 7th Avenue, the Tennessee Supreme Court building and the Tennessee State Library and Archives building.