Belmont Mansion Grounds, Past And Present

Painting Of The Belmont Mansion Grounds, By An Unknown Artist, Around 1859

Belmont Mansion, Past And Present

By Betsy Thorpe

Construction of the Belmont Mansion began in 1850 shortly after Adelicia Franklin married her second husband Colonel Joseph Acklen. Belmont Mansion was their summer home, a respite from their Louisiana plantations.

Tomorrow more than three thousand journalists will gather on what was once the Belmont Mansion grounds to witness the town hall debate between presidential nominees, Senator Barak Obama and Senator John Mc Cain.

Belmont Mansion Grounds, October 7th 2008, A Few Hours Before The Debate

Photo By Betsy Thorpe

The tower in this photo is the same 105 foot tall brick water tower pictured in the 1859 painting. Early in December of 1864 General T.J. Woods Union commander of the Fourth Army Corps occupied Belmont and installed his headquarters inside the mansion. Belmont’s tall water tower, set atop one of Nashville’s highest hills provided a strategic lookout point for Union scouts. The tower’s prominence on Nashville’s skyline enabled General Wood’s scouts to relay messages to company commanders in the surrounding area. On December 15, 1864 the Battle For Nashville began and General Wood, issued orders from his headquarters inside the mansion, to all the Union commanders engaged in the battle.

After taking this photo today, I moved closer to the tower, to take a photograph of it from a different view, however a very polite gentleman informed me I was not allowed to approach the tower or to photograph it.

One thought on “Belmont Mansion Grounds, Past And Present

  1. Lois Grebowski

    YAY! Your blog is up and running! I’ve added you to my reader. Can’t wait to see more posts!I’ve got an idea for a fun project. My email is in my blogger profile. It’s a bit of history about where I live…I think you’ll find it interesting.


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