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Save the Franklin Battlefield

The Trust is proud to announce a new opportunity to reclaim perhaps the bloodiest acre of any Civil War battlefield - the very ground where Confederate soldiers under the command of Pat Cleburne , Hiram Granbury, and Francis Cockrell were locked in a savage struggle with men from Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. Learn more about our efforts to reclaim the "strip center" and two other key tracts at Franklin.

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From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo

November 2012
Dear Civil War Preservationist,

How many times in life do you get to do something that is truly heroic? How many times do you get the chance - not just to preserve - but to reclaim, restore and even resurrect a part of America's history that seemed to have been lost forever? In 2005 the Trust worked to buy and restore the "Pizza Hut" property at Franklin. I can remember swinging the sledge hammer against the sides of that building, helping begin the site's transformation into a battlefield park.

Now, in the final days of 2012, we have another grand opportunity to reclaim more of the once-lost Franklin Battlefield. Along with two other great tracts, the Trust, working with our friends at Franklin's Charge, is now pushing to reclaim the "strip center." We've been waiting a long time to preserve this property. Instead of paving over our nation's history, we will reclaim it, and make it a must-see destination! I can't wait to swing my sledge hammer once more. Join me in saving this hallowed ground.

- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President


Restoring Franklin, Tract by Tract

Restoring Franklin Learn more about the efforts by the Trust and local preservation partners to reclaim, tract by tract, the core of the Franklin battlefield.

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Bull Run Battle App for iPad

Bull Run Battle App for iPad Download our new Bull Run HD Battle App to your Apple iPad or iPad Mini. Our new Battle App for the iPad takes full advantage of the larger screen sizes and delivers additional battlefield imagery.

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Video: The Breakthrough at Franklin

Video: The Breakthrough at Franklin Historian Eric Jacobson describes the terrible fighting near the center of the Federal line at the Battle of Franklin - land that the Trust is now working to reclaim.

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New 2013 Civil War Trust Calendar

Calendar Get your stunning, full-color Civil War Trust 2013 Wall Calendar, featuring a Civil War fact for each day of the year and beautiful photos from our annual photo contest.

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Updated Abraham Lincoln Page

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Give an Acre!

Give an Acre! Looking for a unique gift for someone who is passionate about the Civil War and preserving our battlefields? How about putting an acre of battlefield land into their stockings?

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Video: Reclaiming the Battlefield

Video:  Reclaiming the Battlefield Historian Eric Jacobson talks about the opportunity to reclaim the "strip center" at Franklin - possibly the bloodiest acre that the Trust will ever have the chance to save.

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Great News from Gaines' Mill

Great News from Gaines' Mill Read more about our victory at Gaines' Mill. The 285 acres saved at Gaines' Mill greatly expands the amount of saved land at this landmark Seven Days battlefield.


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10 Facts about the Battle of Franklin

10 Facts about the Battle of Franklin How much do you know about the Battle of Franklin? Did you know that the Confederate assault on November 30, 1864 was larger than Pickett's Charge?

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Video: Lincoln at the National Portrait Gallery

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November Civil War Battles

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