Monday, August 15, 2011

Confederate Camp Trousdale, Tennessee

I'm still doing research on the 3rd Tennessee Infantry.

Because of the sickness plaguing Camp Cheatham near Springfiele, Tennessee, the 3rd was transferred to Camp Trousdale east of Nashville in Portland, Sumner County. The camp was in operation from June 2nd to November when it was abandoned due to Union victories in middle Tennessee. It was three miles south of the intersection of Highway 109 and US-31 West.

It was previously a station on the Louisville & Nashville Railroad and close to Nashville offering a good site for the training of raw recruits. During its operation, it was also used as a staging area for Confederate operations along the Tennessee-Kentucky border.

Like Camp Cheatham, disease was a common problem. The 3rd Tennessee moved here to get away from disease July 16, 1861.

Later, a military hispotal was constructed at the fort.

Tennessee units that trained here: 7th, 11th, 18th, 20th, 24th, 32nd, 41st and 44th Infantry and the 1st and 2nd Cavalry Battalions.

Sickness wracked both Union and Confederate camps during the war, primarily since this was the first time most men had been far from home and they came into contact with diseases for which they had no built-up immunity.

The 3rd Tennessee. --Old B-Runner

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