Fort Negley was a civil War Fort built in Nashville by the Union forces after capturing Nashville, Tennessee in 1862. It took 3 months to build and its design was based on European forts.
There were a group of forts built around Nashville. This Fort was the largest and it was named after General James S. Negley, who ordered its construction. It was the largest inland masonry fort built during the Civil War.
When you visit this fort come into the Visitors Center. They have a film to show you that is called the Fall of Nashville. From the time Nashville started as a city, the river, turnpikes, and railroads increased the growth of the city. That was the reason it was important for the Union Army to capture Nashville.
The transportation routes were the life blood of this area. As soon as Nashville was captured it transformed the city into the Union Army's major supply depot for the Western Theater of the war.
The Visitor's Center has a published driving tour and map of the Battle of Nashville. The Center will tell you of the 2,768 people who built the fort. There are also pictures of Nashville during the occupation.
The picture above is the only entrance to the fort and is called Sally Port.
There are many platforms that have pictures and describe that part of the fort.
The above picture is what is left of one of the bunkers.
The fort is 600 feet long and 300 feet wide and covers 4 acres. To construct the fort it took 62,500 cubic feet of stone and 18,000 cubic of earth at a cost of $130,000 to construct.
If you are looking for this fort it is behind the Adventure Science Center. Its address is 1100 Fort Negley Boulevard, Nashville, Tn 37203, 615-862-8470.
The fort is accessable when the Visitors Center is closed.