Facts about the Battle of Nashville, including dates, casualties, participants, who won, and more interesting details you might not know. This fact sheet provides a quick overview of the battle and is for kids doing research and students preparing for the AP U.S. History (APUSH) exam.
The Battle of Nashville was fought between the United States of America and the Confederate States of America from December 16 to December 16, 1864, during the American Civil War.
- Date Started: The Battle of Nashville started on Thursday, December 15, 1864.
- Date Ended: The fighting ended on Friday, December 16, 1864.
- Location: The battle took place in Davidson County, Tennessee, near the city of Nashville.
- Who Won: The United States of America won the Battle of Nashville.
- Civil War Campaign: The Battle of Nashville was part of the Franklin-Nashville Campaign.
This illustration depicts United States Colored Troops defending Fort Negley during the Battle of Nashville. Image Source Library of Congress.
- After the Battle of Nashville, Major General George Thomas’ Union army pursued Confederate Lieutenant General John Bell Hood and the Army of Tennessee for ten days as they retreated to Tupelo, Mississippi.
- After the Battle of Nashville, Confederate Lieutenant General John Bell Hood resigned his command of the Army of Tennessee on January 23, 1865.
- The Battle of Nashville was the last large battle in the Western Theater of the American Civil War.
Commanders and Forces Involved
Principal Union Commanders
- Major General George H. Thomas
Principal Confederate Commanders
- Lieutenant General John Bell Hood
Union Forces Engaged
- Army of the Cumberland
Confederate Forces Engaged
- Army of Tennessee
Casualties and Statistics
Number of Union Soldiers Engaged
- Roughly 55,000
Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged
- Roughly 30,000
Estimated Union Casualties
- 3,061 (387 killed, 2,558 wounded, 112 missing/captured)
Estimated Confederate Casualties
- 6,000 (1,500 killed/wounded, 4,500 missing/captured)
Results of the Battle of Nashville
- The outcome of the Battle of Nashville was a Union victory.
Timeline of the Battle of Nashville
This list shows the main battles and events that took place before and after the Battle of Nashville, and how it fits into the chronological order of the Frankin-Nashville Campaign.