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Federal outer line, Nashville
The Union outer line in Nashville, Tennessee, December 1864

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

In November, Confederate General John B. Hood had led the Army of Tennessee out of Alabama toward Nashville in an effort to cut off Union General William T. Sherman's supply line. But conditions were hard: the ground was frozen, rations almost completely gone. Soldiers marching from Atlanta to Nashville described the long walk: "Our shoes were worn out and our feet were torn and bleeding . . . the snow was on the ground and there was no food." But they made the journey. Unfortunately for these weary Confederate soldiers, the Union army had arrived in Nashville first.
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