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Civil War Trust

December 17, 1864: First Day of Retreat
after the Battle of Nashville”

Gregory L. Wade

Description: Franklin, Tennessee resident Gregory L Wade will present December 17th, 1864, which details the chaos, fatigue and combat seldom studied following the two day battle of Nashville. As the Confederate Army of Tennessee retreats from Nashville, it’s exhausted soldiers hold off fierce attacks on their rear guard and face logistical challenges almost impossible to overcome.  Yet the army, at least part of it, somehow survives. December 17th is a day of drama for not only the armies, but the civilians who witness the flow of wounded and desperate men.

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