Tour of Franklin's Eastern Flank - Set for Aug.
On Saturday, August 19, Save The Franklin Battlefield (STFB)
will lead a first ever tour of the new Eastern Flank battlefield property. This
will be the first opportunity for STFB members and the general public to walk
the grounds of this newly acquired City of Franklin battlefield park.
Eastern Flank property is the land General William W. Loring’s Confederate
Division of 3,400 men attacked across under a withering hail of artillery from
Federal guns placed at Fort Granger, Berry Circle, and along Lewisburg Pike.
Captain Alonzo D. Harvey, commanding the 15th Indiana Battery reported,
“As Fort Granger was on a high hill, we had the most beautiful sight of the
bloodiest battle that has been fought since gunpowder has been invented – the
battle of Franklin.”
This was also the land the wounded and retreating
Confederates poured across after unsuccessfully charging the heavily entrenched
The tour will be led by four eminent local historians.
Thomas Cartwright and David Fraley of The Carter House will speak, along with
Rick Warwick, historian for the Heritage Foundation, and Eric Jacobson of
Historic Carnton Plantation. They will present the pre-war history of the
property, its significance during the Battle of Franklin, and its post-war use
for community activities and veterans’ reunions.
The tour is free and the
public is invited. It will run from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, with cold drinks
provided by STFB.
At 9 a.m. registration will begin with a book signing
by local Civil War authors. Best selling author and leader of Franklin’s Charge,
Robert Hicks, will sign copies of his book, The Widow of the South. Rick Warwick
will sign copies of his latest book, Williamson County: The Civil War Years
Revealed Through Letters, Diaries, and Memoirs.
Finally, Eric Jacobson
will be signing copies of his For Cause & For Country, a new examination of
the Battles of Spring Hill and Franklin. These books will be available for
purchase, and the authors will be personalizing them before and after the
Opening remarks will include a City of Franklin Parks
representative with a summary and status report on the ongoing planning process
for this newest city park.
From downtown Franklin, take Lewisburg Pike
(Highway 431) south and turn onto Carnton Lane to its end. Turn left and bear
left to the old clubhouse.