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35815FW: GDG- The Pizza Hut in Franklin, TN

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  • Bob Huddleston
    Nov 30, 2005
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      From Greg Biggs.

      Take care,

      Bob

      Judy and Bob Huddleston
      10643 Sperry Street
      Northglenn, CO 80234-3612
      303.451.6376 Huddleston.r@...

      "Don't argue with someone who claims the earth is flat. You haven't given it
      a second thought, whereas he has spent 20 years thinking about and obsessing
      over why it is flat."
      -----Original Message-----
      Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 4:28 PM
      Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
      Greetings,

      Today, November 30th, 2005, is the 141st Anniversary of the Battle of
      Frankli n, arguably the most vicious fight of the entire Civil War. In 5
      hours or so some 9000 Confederates fell in the greatest Confederate charge
      of the war against intrenched Federals, many of whom carried repeating
      rifles backed by numerous artillery batteries.

      Over time, the town of Franklin grew and grew, and in the midst of some of
      the worst fighting of the war, developers placed homes and businesses. The
      very symbol of that, a Pizza Hut, became well known to preservationists and
      Civil War buffs alike as what NOT to do with Civil War battlefields. A
      recent issue of National Geographic even featured this blighted site.

      Today that changed.

      After opening remarks by the Mayor of Franklin, a parade of dignitaries
      including a US Congressman, Thomas Cartwright (Carter House director), Ed
      Bearss and Jim Lighthizer of the Civil War Preservation Trust, one by one
      they donned white hard hats and took several swings a piece with a sledge
      hammer against the brick walls of the infamous Pizza Hut. Bearss spoke not
      as a historian but as a World War 2 veteran and asked the large crowd what
      would we think if a Pizza Hut was built on Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima; on
      Tarawa; on Omaha Beach; or at that place south of Bastogne where Creighton
      Abrams' tanks linked up with the 101st Airborne during the Battle of the
      Bulge.

      The mayor then got into a large steam shovel and proceeded to smash in a
      portion of the roof to great applause!

      Tonight's ceremony, which I cannot attend, will see the deed to the
      Franklin Country Club, next to the Carnton Mansion, turned over for
      development into a Franklin Battlefield park. This closes a long
      fund-raising campaign involving the city, country music stars and private
      citizens, along with the CWPT, to take back the land for history and the
      future.

      The weather was perfect and very similar to what it was when 20,000
      Confederates stepped off into history in late 1864.

      What a great day - and ot proves that such land can be saved if we all try
      hard enough.

      Greg Biggs
      Clarksville, TN CWRT
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