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Nashville Timeline

Dateline of Significant Events

1779-1780: Fort Nashborough founded at the Great French Lick on the Cumberland River in the winter of 1779-1780 by James Roberson and John Donelson. Named in honor of the Revolutionary War general Francis Nash.

1784: Name changed to Nashville.

1796: Tennessee becomes the 16th state of the Union.
1806: Nashville incorporates.

1843: Nashville becomes permanent state capital of Tennessee.

1861: June 8 Tennessee secedes from the Union.

1862: Feb. 16 fall of Fort Donelson leads to the capture and occupation of Nashville by Union forces.

1864: Dec. 15-16 Battle of Nashville - Confederate General John Bell Hood fails to retake the city.

1866: July 24 Tennessee re-admitted to Union.