Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Hole in the Wall

On September 23, I posted a view of the Pathway of History, the 1400-foot, granite wall that borders the west side of Bicentennial Mall in Nashville. The photo above, is another view of the wall and includes the tall, granite pylons (far left side of the photo) that mark each 10-year period in the state's history.

The etchings in the wall present a timeline of Tennessee's history. The only breaks in the wall are those that represent the years of the Civil War, signifying how divided the state was during the Civil War. What do I mean? Consider these facts:

A) As the second most populous state in the south, Tennessee provided the second most soldiers to the Confederacy.
B) Tennessee provided more soldiers to the Union than all other southern states combined!
C) The state's first referendum to secede from the Union failed, but in June, 1861, Tennessee became the last state to join the Confederacy.
D) Tennessee Senator Andrew Johnson was the only southern senator who did not resign when the states seceded. Lincoln appointed Johnson military governor of Tennessee in 1862. And, Johnson became Lincoln's VP in 1864, and president upon Lincoln's assassination in 1865.
E) The eastern part of the state was largely pro-Union and supported Lincoln.


Anonymous said...

This was an interesting post. I enjoyed it. Also the South had some of my Lincoln and President Lincoln's relatives in the Civil War.

I spent most of today working on my website at http://www.oldmanlincoln.com/ and added sections on Butterflies, Moths and Bumblebees. If you go I think you might be surprised.

Thanks again.

Abraham Lincoln

Lynette said...

Gosh. I had no idea. Thanks for the photo of the wall, the pathway and the facts.

lv2scpbk said...

I liked reading about the history. Nice way to use the breaks.