Nash Family & Farm History
HISTORICAL CONTEXT FOR THE NASH FARM
The Nash Farm is located in far western Henry County on its line
with Clayton County, about 21 miles south of Atlanta. The
204-acre Nash Farm Property, defined as the land acquired by
Henry County, is all within Henry County and includes nearly all
of land lot 122 in the Sixth Land District.
The War Between the States was the defining historical period
for Sherman's Atlanta Campaign, in which many battles were
fought. These battles included portions of Clayton and Henry
County and were massive in scale, certainly much larger than the
204 acres contained within the Nash Farm. The battles called
"Lovejoy" or "Lovejoy's Station" once covered many square miles
of land; but that land is now mostly covered up by every kind of
development. Sadly Lovejoy's former battlefields and earthworks
have been completely engulfed by strip malls, sub-divisions
since the early 1990's.
There were at least four military engagements in the Lovejoy
vicinity over the period from July through November 1864. These
During the second half of 1864, the Nash Farm was the scene of
considerable military activity, including Kilpatrick's Raid,
infantry battles/skirmishes that marked the end of the Atlanta
Campaign, as well as the campsites belonging to Confederate
General Stephen Dill Lee's Army Corps.
The railroad and the depot at Lovejoy Station were pivotal in
these events, as the Union Army sought to wrest control of the
Confederate supply line to force the surrender of Atlanta.
Prior to the War Between the States, the farm was occupied as
early as the 1840's until 1941 by members of the Nash family.
The activities that took place there are representative of the
nineteenth of early twentieth century agricultural practice and
The evidence of the military actions from the War Between the
States at Nash Farm are found in Official Reports, historical
books, diaries, letters, and recollections of the participants,
which describe in accurate detail the fields, roads, and woods
in which the conflicts took place, as well as the thousands of
artifacts representing both Union and Confederate military
materiel found on the property by Archeologists and relic
hunters, including weapon parts, ammunition, clothing, horse
hardware, camp accoutrements, and personal items. The Lamar
Institute archaeological investigation recovered over 1,300
Civil War military artifacts as well as agricultural artifacts
which prove activities took place before and after those
events. The following chapter represents historical information
about the Nash Farm and its residents, as context for the
findings of the archaeological investigations.
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