Traveling south out of Brentwood, TN along one of Tennessee’s many highways and byways, stands a historical marker at the entrance to Brentwood Country Club Estates. The site was originally the site of Midway Plantation, appropriately named because it was located midway between Franklin, TN and Nashville, TN, was owned by Lysander McGavock and his wife, Elizabeth Crockett.
Brentwood and Williamson County is an area rich in history and tradition. The Midway Plantation played an important part in the Civil War being the command post for generals on both sides of the war. As the recruitment and mobilization of troops began in earnest during the latter half of 1861 formation and financing infantry troops was a necessity. A wealthy planter James Hazard Wilson II of Ravenswood, was one of the chief contributors to this effort. Two major Confederate training camps were set up in the area, the first being located at Midway Plantation. This site hosted one company of the 20th Tennessee Infantry Regiment. With the capture of Nashville by Federal troops, this camp was dispersed.
In March of 1862, General Buell’s Union soldiers moved through Brentwood on their way to the pivotal battle of Shiloh. The entire army of 18,000 troops camped along both sides of Franklin Road from present-day Old Hickory Blvd to the Little Harpeth River which runs through Brentwood Country Club.
The Brentwood Country Club, McGavock Farms, and Princeton Hills Subdivisions encompass much of what was Midway Plantation. The slave cemetery is located in the middle of Murray Lane between McGavock Farms and Princeton Hills.
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