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Fort Negley

1100 Fort Negley Blvd
Nashville, TN 37203
United States

Fort Negley, Nashville, Tenn.
Fort Negley, Nashville, Tenn. Michael Byerley

As the largest inland fortification built during the Civil War, Fort Negley was critical during the Union-occupied Nashville. The strategic location of Nashville made the city and the fort a critical asset to both Union and Confederate armies. After the Confederate's surrender to the Union Army on February 25, 1862, Nashville became a fortified Union stronghold.

The fort was built from August through December of 1862, where more than 2,700 laborers — mainly free and formerly enslaved people constructed Fort Negley atop St. Cloud Hill as part of fortification system.