They were "put to work to build the first successful water system and maintain the streets. Nashville riverfront shortly after the American Civil War The cholera epidemic that struck Nashville in — took the life of former U. President James K. Polk and resulted in high fatalities.
There were deaths from cholera in   and an estimated to about in The city's significance as a shipping port and rail center made it a desirable prize for competing military forces that wanted to control the region's important river and railroad transportation routes. In February , Nashville became the first Confederate state capital to fall to Union troops, and the state was occupied by Union troops for the duration of the war. Then African-Americans from Middle Tennessee fled to contraband camps around military installations in Nashville's eastern, western, and southern borders.
The Battle of Nashville December 15—16, was a significant Union victory and perhaps the most decisive tactical victory gained by either side in the war; it was also the war's final major military action in which Tennessee regiments played a large part on both sides of the battle.
Afterward, the Confederates conducted a war of attrition , making guerrilla raids and engaging in small skirmishes, with the Confederate forces in the Deep South almost constantly in retreat. He was reported to have initiated General Nathan Bedford Forrest into the vigilante organization.
Whites directed violence against freedmen and their descendants both during and after the Reconstruction era. Two freedmen were lynched in Nashville by white mobs in and , respectively. The man in the latter incident was hanged from a bridge over the river, but he survived after the rope broke and he went into the water. He fled the city. In Nashville suffered another cholera epidemic, as did towns throughout Sumner County along railroad routes and the Cumberland River.
View from the Tennessee State Capitol ca. The post—Civil War years of the late 19th century brought new prosperity to Nashville and Davidson County. Wealthy planters and businessmen built grand, classical-style buildings. A replica of the Parthenon was constructed in Centennial Park , near downtown. Wells as: "A naked, bloody example of the blood-thirstiness of the nineteenth century civilization of the Athens of the South.
In , NashvillePost. Thomas Wood and the first full-time publisher at NashvillePost. In , the new team rolled out a revamped website while breaking numerous business and political stories that attracted local attention.
The news service brought a lawsuit against the Tennessee Lottery over its refusal to release records related to the firing of a senior executive following allegations of sexual harassment, and in May , a Nashville judge ordered the state-sponsored lottery to turn over the documents. Between May and May , monthly pageviews at NashvillePost. On January 15, , NashvillePost. Image The Nashville Scene, an alternative newsweekly, is for sale.
And alt-weeklies around the country have been declining for years. Last year, here in Tennessee, The Knoxville Mercury shut down. Even The Village Voice, the alt-weekly that invented alt-weeklies, now survives only online.
In a shortsighted effort to make the paper more appealing to buyers, SouthComm laid off some passionate, immensely talented journalists and seriously overburdened those who remained. Some of them are people I know because I once wrote for The Scene, and I have spent more than 20 years watching the difference this newspaper has made to my city. In , the summer my second child was born, I sent an envelope full of essays to The Nashville Scene.
I was not a journalist — I was an English teacher on maternity leave — but the managing editor offered me a weekly column anyway. In time, I moved on to writing book reviews and then to editing them. The site, an initiative of Humanities Tennessee, offers local literary news to state media outlets at no charge in exchange for byline credit and a link online. The first paper to sign up for our content was The Nashville Scene. It is still our partner today.Image The Nashville Scene, an alternative newsweekly, is for sale. And alt-weeklies around the country have been declining for years. Last year, here in Tennessee, The Knoxville Mercury shut down.
After years of discussion, a referendum was held in on the issue of consolidating city and county government.
I was not a journalist — I was an English teacher on maternity leave — but the managing editor offered me a weekly column anyway. In Tennessee still had racial segregation of public facilities, including lunch counters and department store fitting rooms. Since the —04 season, the Predators have made the playoffs in all but three seasons.
They have entered into a crucial compact with their fellow citizens. In , the new team rolled out a revamped website while breaking numerous business and political stories that attracted local attention. The membership on the Metro Council, the legislative body, was increased from 21 to 40 seats. In May , the Nashville Scene and the Nashville Post were purchased by the Freeman Webb Company , a company co-founded by Bill Freeman and Jimmy Webb which owns and manages "more than 16, apartment units and 1 million square feet of office space" in Tennessee, Alabama, Missouri, Georgia and Mississippi.
Mayor Ben West said he supported the desegregation of lunch counters, which civil rights activists had called for. Even The Village Voice, the alt-weekly that invented alt-weeklies, now survives only online. Alexander Looby and Robert E. The areas that made up the General Services District, however, had a lower tax rate until full services were provided. In , after passage of the new charter, African-American attorneys Z.
Its job was to entertain, to shock, to peek into the quirky corners of the community and celebrate the oddball geniuses living here. Wealthy planters and businessmen built grand, classical-style buildings. Owning a local newspaper is not the way to wealth.
The two have a combined plus years of experience in the Nashville print media community. Making urban renewal a priority, Bredesen fostered the construction or renovation of several city landmarks, including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum , the downtown Nashville Public Library , the Bridgestone Arena , and Nissan Stadium. When classified ads — the bread and butter of the newspaper business — migrated online, newspapers big and small suffered.