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The Battle of Franklin... Animated

The Second Battle of Franklin, fought on November 30, 1864, was one of the bloodiest and most important battles of the Civil War. It was here that John Bell Hood's veteran Army of Tennessee would batter itself against John Schofield's entrenched Union forces just outside the town of Franklin, Tennessee. Almost 7,000 Confederate casualties, suffered in less than 5 hours, would leave Hood's army a shattered wreck of its former self. Learn more about the campaign leading up to Franklin and the actions of that fateful late November day. View the Franklin Animated Map »

From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo

October 2009
Dear Civil War Preservationist,

In the winter of 1864, John Bell Hood and his Army of Tennessee turned its back to William Tecumseh Sherman's army in Georgia and boldly marched into Tennessee. This surprise assault, so typical of Hood's aggressive nature, was designed to rescue the flagging fortunes of the Confederacy. But upon the Union ramparts at Franklin, Hood's valiant army would be decimated in one of the largest and bloodiest assaults of the Civil War.

Our latest animated map - focused on this iconic battle - will not only help you to better understand the details of this attack, but it should also help to inform the viewer as to important preservation opportunities that exist in Franklin. In working closely with local preservation groups like Franklin's Charge, CWPT remains dedicated to the task of adding to the more than 168 acres that have already been saved at this Tennessee battlefield.

- Jim Lighthizer, CWPT President

 
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