Map 2 was taken from a military map of the states of Kentucky and Tennessee. The map was drawn by Charles E. Swann, Asst. Engr. Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co., Lithographers, Engraphers [sic] and Printers, Cincinnati, O. Published by Cincinnati, Ohio, Office of Chief Engineer, Department of the Ohio, 1863.
When the Union army left Nashville for Murfreesboro on December 26, 1862, the army, divided into three corps, traveled along a number of routes. Portions of the army passed through these towns: Brentwood, Triune, Nolensville, Mechanicsville, La Vergne, and Stewartsburg.
1. Examine Map 2 closely. Plot out the various routes the three corps must have taken. Why do you think the army marched in three groups rather than as one massive army?
2. What is the most direct route to Murfreesboro?
3. What form of transportation generally follows the most direct route to Murfreesboro?
4. Why would the railroad have been an important link to Nashville for the Union army?
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