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Metro Davidson County Collection - Nashville Public Library


Portrait #894
Subject/Title:
Battle, Joel Allen
(1811-1872)
Artist:Unknown
Date Created:ca. 1860s
Owner/Location:Special Collections Division
Nashville Public Library
615 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37219
Frame Dimensions:39 x 34
Image Dimensions:30 x 25
Materials/Media:Oil on canvas
Date Documented:6 August 2007
Condition:Fair

Description:Col. Joel A. Battle in his later years, with a long grey beard and mustache, wearing a dark suit.
History of Work:Donated to the library by the Fannie Battle Day Home in 2007. The frame does not appear to be original and had work done to it in 2003.
Notes:Joel A. Battle was born in Davidson County, Tennessee, Sept. 19, 1811. His first wife was Sarah Searcy, who died two years after their marriage. Battle later married Adeline Sanders Mosely. Battle served as a colonel in the Twentieth Tennessee Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. During the war, two of his sons were killed and Battle himself was taken prisoner at Shiloh in April 1862. After his exchange in September 1862, Gov. Isham G. Harris appointed him State Treasurer of the State of Tennessee, a position he held until the end of the war. In 1872, Battle was appointed Superintendent of the State Prison, a position that he held until his death later the same year. A Knights of Pythias Lodge was named in his honor near Vanderbilt University. Joel Battle was the father of Mary Francis "Fannie" Battle (1842-1924), a Nashville humanitarian and social worker who was known during her lifetime as "The Angel of the Poor" because of her great humanitarian spirit and compassionate service to benefit underprivileged children.

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