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Nashville, Tennessee from Fort Negley looking northeast
Nashville, Tennessee from Fort Negley looking northeast in March 1864, before that hard winter

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Battle of Nashville: Union Troops Broke Through the Confederate Line
December 16, 1864

Long before Nashville became the music capital it is today, it was the scene of a devastating Civil War battle. On the afternoon of December 16, 1864, in the heart of a cold, icy winter, Union troops, led by General George H. Thomas, crushed Confederate forces at Nashville, Tennessee. The battle had begun the day before, when Thomas initiated an attack. Finally, after two weeks of waiting, he had received the troop reinforcements and favorable weather he needed to begin. Why did the Battle of Nashville take place?
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