Re: [civilwarwest] FW: GDG- The Pizza Hut in Franklin, TN
- This is so great to hear. I visited Franklin about a year and a half ago,
and though I had read about how things were there, it was not until I saw it
with my own eyes that I realized just how much had been lost to "progress."
This was truly a unique case where battlefield land will be reclaimed. It
sets a wonderful example of how people working together for a united cause
can be successful despite the odds.
It is thrilling to know that our grandchildren and countless others will be
able to eventually view much of the land from a perspective that will allow
them to understand the sacrifices made by all of the men who fought at
Franklin. This is a battle that has been neglected for far too long, and
perhaps this will shed some light on what occurred there.
Outstanding, my regards to everyone who had a hand in making this a reality.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Huddleston" <huddleston.r@...>
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 6:31 PM
Subject: [civilwarwest] FW: GDG- The Pizza Hut in Franklin, TN
> From Greg Biggs.
> Take care,
> 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
> a second thought, whereas he has spent 20 years thinking about and
> over why it is flat."
> -----Original Message-----
> 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.
> very symbol of that, a Pizza Hut, became well known to preservationists
> 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
> as a historian but as a World War 2 veteran and asked the large crowd
> 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
> 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
> hard enough.
> Greg Biggs
> Clarksville, TN CWRT
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