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Save Franklin

Few engagements can match the Battle of Franklin for its savage combat and terrible bloodletting. CWPT, in conjunction with is partner Franklin's Charge, is working to preserve a 1.07 acre section of the Franklin Battlefield. Learn more about this opportunity in our new online section filled with maps, histories, photos, and more.

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From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo

March 2010
Dear Civil War Preservationist,

Many of our long-time supporters are aware of the efforts we have undertaken to reclaim and preserve the Franklin Battlefield. In 2005, CWPT partnered with the local government and regional preservation groups to tear down the old Pizza Hut restaurant and transform the area into a battlefield park. Later that same year we worked to preserve 110 acres of the Eastern Flank; and, in 2007, we added the Carter House Garden section of the battlefield to the saved list.

Now CWPT is engaged in another campaign to reclaim more of the Franklin Battlefield. We are focused on saving a 1.07 acre section of the battlefield where the Confederate forces broke the Union center and where Col. Emerson Opdycke's Federal brigade counter-charged to save the day for the Union. It may only be a small parcel, but few other pieces of land we've saved can match this place for its carnage and historical significance. Please consider joining us as we work to reclaim more of this once-lost battlefield.

- Jim Lighthizer, CWPT President

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