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Battle of Franklin Downtown Hospital Walking Tour

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    Battle of Franklin Downtown Hospital Walking Tour Franklin, Tenn. - Visit Rest Haven Cemetery on Fourth Avenue, where Dr. Fielding Pope Sloan of the 50th
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 8, 2003
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      Battle of Franklin Downtown Hospital Walking Tour


      Franklin, Tenn.

      - Visit Rest Haven Cemetery on Fourth Avenue, where Dr. Fielding Pope Sloan of the 50th Alabama Infantry, C.S.A., is buried, during the Battle of Franklin Downtown Hospital Walking Tour on Sunday, April 13.

      This is the second Save the Franklin Battlefield Inc. tour in the downtown Franklin area. Many sites in the area served as field hospitals following the bloody Battle of Franklin in November 1864.

      Sloan, a Confederate surgeon, was wounded twice in the Battle of Franklin but it was not until June 1865 that he succumbed to the injuries.

      The tour offers lectures outside the structures depicting the significance of the hospitals. During the tour, military and civilian re-enactors will be offering portrayals of actual stories from that terrible period following the battle when the city of Franklin was turned into one big hospital.

      Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes for the tour.

      Cost of the tour is $5, but free for members of Save the Franklin Battlefield Inc. Membership in Save the Franklin Battlefield Inc. is $20 for singles or $35 for families.

      According to Joe Smyth, president of Save the Franklin Battlefield Inc., “New information comes to light almost weekly concerning the makeshift hospitals following the bloody Battle of Franklin.”

      Save the Franklin Battlefield Inc. is committed to preserving battle sites in and around Franklin. Currently, they are working to pay down the debt on Collins’ Farm, which was purchased in June 2001 for $227,000. As of March, $63,000 had been paid on the debt.

      Members raised $16,303 in a “40 for Franklin” march last November in rain and cold, marching 40 miles but persevering to make the event a success, according to Save the Franklin Battlefield Inc. member Sam Huffman.

      If you’re interested in participating in the Battle of Franklin Downtown Hospital Walking Tour, meet at the Square near the courthouse at 2 p.m. April 13. A table with volunteers will be there to supply more information.
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