Thursday, May 17, 2012

A Treat for History Buffs

Posted By on Thu, May 17, 2012 at 6:14 AM

  • Photo courtesy of the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation

I was wondering if there'd been any decision on what to do with Glen Leven, the antebellum home that represents probably the biggest stretch of undeveloped Civil War battlefield in town. I looked on the Land Trust for Tennessee site and it appears not.

But that is not the treat. No, the treat is that the Land Trust has a huge 230-page document about Glen Leven prepared by the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation — and you can download the PDF for free on their website! Holy cow.

The history of Glen Leven and the Thompson family is very accessible and enjoyable, and since the property was right on the front lines during the war, you can read things like this:

Throughout the first day of the battle, citizens of Nashville watched the battle from hilltops and rooftops around the city. A Union officer recalled, “The entire hill in our rear were black with human beings watching the battle, but silent. No army on the continent ever played on any field to so large and so sullen an audience.”

Man, that gives me chills.

Anyway, there's a lot of good history here, and great exterior and interior photos of the house and grounds.

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