35815FW: GDG- The Pizza Hut in Franklin, TN
- Nov 30, 2005From Greg Biggs.
Judy and Bob Huddleston
10643 Sperry Street
Northglenn, CO 80234-3612
"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."
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 4:28 PM
Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
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
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
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
Clarksville, TN CWRT
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