"For Cause and For Country"
by Eric Jacobson

Separate Country

"A Separate Country"
by Robert Hicks

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Eric Jacobson is the Director of Operations at the Battle of Franklin Trust, which is responsible for the operation and interpretation of the historic Carter House and Carnton Plantation on the Franklin battlefield.  Eric is the author of For Cause and For Country: A Study of the Affair at Spring Hill and the Battle of Franklin.  Eric is also a member of Franklin's Charge and the Civil War Preservation Trust.  Eric is a resident of Spring Hill, Tennessee.


Robert Hicks, the author of The NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERS, The Widow of the South and Separate Country, was born and raised in South Florida. He moved to Williamson County, Tennessee in 1974.

He is founding chairman emeritus of Franklin’s Charge: A Vision and Campaign for the Preservation of Historic Open Space in the fight to secure and preserve both battlefield and other historic open space in Williamson County.  Franklin’s Charge took on the massive mission of saving what remains of the eastern flank of the battlefield at Franklin – the largest remaining undeveloped fragment of the battlefield – and turning it into a public battlefield park. The American Battlefield Protection Program has called this endeavor “the largest battlefield reclamation in North American history.”

In December 2005, the Nashville Tennessean named him ‘Tennessean of the Year’ for the impact The Widow of the South has had on Tennessee, heritage tourism and battlefield preservation.

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