15 December 2014

General Thomas's HQ In The Civil War

Belmont, The Acklin Place, In Nashville, Tennessee

Our portion of the line ran in front of the Acklin Place [ca December 1864], a charming villa residence, built at an expense of a million and a half of dollars. The owner was a Mr. Acklin, a wealthy Englishman [an American born in Alabama], who, at his own expense, fully armed and equipped a regiment of confederate infantry, named for him "The Acklin Rifles."  This Mr. Acklin was not at home, so General Thomas took his spacious mansion for corps and division headquarters. I am satisfied that never before was army headquarters so ornamented with such paintings and marbles.   Source:  The campaigns of the 124th regiment, Ohio volunteer infantry, with roster and roll of honor

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