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CAPTION: Nashville, scene of the “Great Panic,” 1862*. And across the suspension bridge, into the falling city, came Black Bess** and her master in the retreat from Bowling Green.
*As news of the surrender of Fort Donelson reached Nashville the city experienced “The Great Panic” as many Confederate officials and sympathizers find discretion the better part of valor and leave the city rather than to stay and defend it against the advancing Union Army. They left on board railroad cars, steamboats, by wagon. and on foot. It wasn’t a pretty sight.
** Black Bess was the horse of CSA Colonel Morgan