The Battle of Nashville Monument was commissioned by the Ladies Battlefield Association (Mrs. James E. Caldwell, President) and created by Giuseppe Moretti. It was dedicated on Armistice Day, 1927, on Franklin Road near Woodmont Boulevard. —
Mrs. Caldwell envisioned a memorial dedicated to the struggle of both the Union and the Confederate forces who clashed here on December 15-16, 1864. Moretti interpreted the scene with two charging horses representing the North and South divided by a wall of Antagonism. The horses are halted and quieted into the spirit of teamwork by a youth who embodies the Spirit of Unity. The word UNITY is on the banner with which he entwines the horses. At the summit of the shaft, an Angel of peace, protects the group.
At its original location, a 1974 tornado destroyed the statue's 30-foot carrara marble obelisk and angel that surmounted it. During the 1980's, the building of an interstate interchange left the bronze figures of youth and horses isolated on a bluff behind a chain link fence.
The Tennessee Commission selected the new site on Granny White Pike for the monument in 1992. Both Union and Confederate Soldiers fought over this ground during the Battle of Nashville.
“Oh, valorous gray, in the grave of your fate,
Oh, glorious blue, in the long dead years,
You were sown in sorrow and harrowed in hate,
But your harvest is a Nation's tears,
For the message you left through the land has sped,
From the lips of God to the heart of man:
Let the past be past, let the dead be dead,-
Now and forever, American”
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