Civil War Fort Negley in 3D
From its inception in 1862, Fort Negley has been at the heart of drama and history.
The U.S. Army forced a large labor force of recently freed former slaves to build it. Hundreds lost their lives in the process. It was used for KKK meetings in the 19th century, it was a site of President Rosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930’s, it’s been a homeless community, and it was almost partially lost to retail development only last year.
I have recently built many 3D models for developers selling large spec homes across the country. I decided to apply these skills to see what the original fort looked like (the current one is a reproduction by the WPA).
Thanks to the Vistor Center staff, I was able to get a good copy of the original plans. These are not exact measurements, but should provide a reasonable proportional view of the fort. The Google Map overlay is plus or minus 5 feet of elevation.