Johnsonville State Historic Area
(November 3-4, 1864)
The battle of Johnsonville was the culmination of a twenty-three-day raid led by the great Confederate cavalry leader Nathan Bedford Forrest in the fall of 1864. The Federal troops stationed in middle Tennessee used the town of Johnsonville as a supply depot, and used the train station in the town to send supplies to Nashville. During the night of November 3rd, General Forrest and his Confederate troops planted artillery across the Tennessee River pointed towards the depot. For the next two days, Forrest shelled both the town and the depot, and also destroyed several Federal gunboats stationed on the river. Before retreating from his most successful raid, Forrest had destroyed four gunboats, fourteen transports, twenty barges, and millions of dollars of Federal supplies.
Johnsonville State Historic Site is located off of I-40 along Highway 191, in middle Tennessee, along the Tennessee River. The site is sign-posted from Camden.
Johnsonville State Historic Site is owned and administered by the state of Tennessee. The site is located inside a small state park along the Tennessee River and consists of a few monuments and a museum. Located across the river is the historic site of the Johnsonville depot, the target of General Forrest's attack. The site is small and it is not worth traveling far to visit it, but due to it's proximity to Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Johnsonville would be an excellent addition to a visit to that larger battlefield.