The Battle Of Nashville Monument
|Former Location Of The Battle Of Nashville Monument At Franklin Road & Thompson Lane|
|Present Location Of The Battle Of Nashville Monument On Granny White Pike|
Inscription On The Battle Of Nashville Monument
"Oh, Valorous Gray, In The Grave Of Your Fate,
Oh, Glorious Blue, In The Long Dead Years,
You Were Sown In Sorrow And Harrowed In Hate,
But Your Harvest Today Is A Nations Tears.
For The Message You Left Through The Land Has Sped
From The Lips Of God To The Heart Of Man:
Let The Past Be Past : Let The Dead Be Dead. --
Now And Forever American!"
On Veterans Day 1927 the Peace Monument was dedicated honoring all veterans North and South who fought in the Battle of Nashville. There were Civil War and World War I veterans at the ceremony. The statue originally cost 30,000 dollars which was a large sum in those days. The obelisk was crafted from Italian marble and the bronze portion of the statue was cast from melted cannons. An Italian sculptor Signor Moretti was hired to design the statue. He later claimed that of all the work that he had done he was proudest of the Peace Monument. The original monument was located in a very prominent location at the intersection of Franklin road and Thompson Lane right where the Confederate battle lines ran through on the first day of the battle of Nashville, December 15, 1864. As a child I always looked forward to seeing the monument whenever we traveled out Franklin road. This is how I came to learn that we even had a battle in Nashville. I remember a story being told about my Uncle Jim Hall who was a back-up singer and musician. He sang and played for all the great country music singers during the 1950's and 60's. Uncle Jim also arranged the music on many hits. He had a platinum album for Sue Thompson's "Sad Movies Make Me Cry" and a gold album for "Crying" by Roy Orbison. Uncle Jim, like many in the music industry, had a drinking problem. He broke his leg trying to climb the Peace Monument.
|An aerial view of the Battle of Nashville Monument at the old intersection of Franklin Rd & Thompson Lane|