The annual Confederate Cemetery Illuminated Walking Tour A Fundraising Event For The Preservation Of Mt. Olivet’s Monuments And Buildings


Confederate Decoration service at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 1903

On Saturday, Oct. 10 Mt. Olivet Cemtery will host their annual fund raiser, The Confederate Cemetery Illuminated Walking Tour. Tours will begin at 4:30 PM and will continue starting every 10 minutes until 8:30pm.

Mt. Olivet a 250-acre cemetery, which opened in 1855, is situated on a hilltop, graced with large, old trees and evergreens, and impressive statuary, crypts, and tombs.

The Confederate Cemetery Illuminated Walking Tour is conducted by re-enactors in period dress.

After the War Between the States, the women of Nashville bought land at Mount Olivet, and formed Confederate Circle. The remains of about 1,500 Confederate soldiers were moved here from area battlefields.

Seven Confederate generals are buried in or around the circle. They are William B. Bate, William N.R, Bealle, Benjamin Franklin Cheatham, William H. Jackson, George E. Maney, James E. Rains, and Thomas Benton Smith. Other prominent Nashville Confederates, Colonels Adolphus Heiman and Randall McGavock, lie nearby.

Mary Kate Patterson Davis Hill Kyle (1844-1931) worked with Coleman’s scouts and Sam Davis during the Civil War to spy in the Lavergne-Nolensville-Nashville area. When a teenager, she smuggled vital information and supplies through Union lines. Mrs. Kyle was buried in the Confederate Circle at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, the first woman so honored.

The Confederate Cemetery Illuminated Walking Tour is conducted by re-enactors in period dress. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. The event’s proceeds will be used to help repair and preserve the cemetery’s historic monuments and buildings. Mt. Olivet Cemetery is located at 1101 Lebanon Road.

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