Nashville in Southern VictoryEdit
Nashville, Tennessee, was occupied three times within a century: in 1862, a Union army occupied the city briefly before the British and French forced the USA to hand it back to the CSA; by George A. Custer's First Army in the wake of the Barrel Roll Offensive in the summer of 1917; and once more in 1943 when Irving Morrell's army raced through Tennessee on its way to Chattanooga and Atlanta, Georgia.
In 1933, the Freedom Party held its presidential convention in Nashville at Jake Featherston's insistence. He returned to the city ten years later, during the war, to deliver a morale-boosting speech in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh catastrophe.
In 1943, Morrell forced a crossing of the Cumberland River near Nashville. After nightfall, his army engineers began building a pontoon bridge over the river. As a diversion, Morrell began an artillery duel a few miles to the west. The Confederates fired star flare shells to light up the scene but saw nothing untoward and so relaxed, allowing the U.S. forces to cross the river.