1862

Skirmish at Wartrace.

Tennessee Historical Marker, 3G 44, Wartrace in Bedford County, Tennessee

In 1850, Rice Coffey gave eight acres to the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad on which the main line would run with a depot and freight house at the junction of the branch line to Shelbyville. In 1851, town lots were laid off. The following year, a post office was established. In 1853, the town was incorporated as Wartrace Depot after Wartrace Creek. Twenty years later, the name was changed to Wartrace after Wartrace Creek, which was named for the War Trace, a buffalo path used by Indians at war with Nashville settlers in the 1790′s.

1863

Col. Abel Streight leaves Palmyra with 1,500 Federals on a raid that ends in Rome, Georgia. Streight’s troops are intercepted and harassed by Forrest’s men until their definitive encounter on April 30.

1865

In his final speech, Lincoln makes a rare public endorsement of limited voting rights for black voters: “It is also unsatisfactory to some that the elective franchise is not given to the colored man. I would myself prefer that it were conferred on the very intelligent, and on those who serve our cause as soldiers.”

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