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Second Battle of Franklin

November 30, 1864

Franklin, Tennessee

After failing to destroy John Schofield’s Federal army near Spring Hill the previous morning, Gen. John Bell Hood led his 30,000 Confederates to the outskirts of Franklin, Tennessee on November 30, 1864. Determined not to let Schofield reach the safety of Nashville, Hood unleashed a precipitous frontal assault against the entrenched Federal defenders. Despite nearly breaking through the center of the Union line, Hood’s forces were driven back with heavy losses. The bloody assault cost Hood more than 6,000 casualties, including six dead Confederate generals.
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Franklin: The Valley of Death

Historian Thomas Cartwright discusses the bloody charge at Franklin and the death of Patrick Cleburne.

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This battlefield was identified in our annual report History Under Siege™ in 2002 »  , 2005 »  , and 2004 »


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Eric Jacobson describes the terrible fighting near the center of the Federal line at Franklin.

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For Cause and For Country Book

"For Cause & for Country: A Study of the Affair At Spring Hill & the Battle of Franklin"
by Eric Jacobson

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The Confederacy's Last Hurrah

" The Confederacy's Last Hurrah: Spring Hill, Franklin, and Nashville"
by Wiley Sword

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