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    Osage orange branches.  Tangles such as this, called "abatis," were commonly employed to disrupt, slow, and discourage enemy formations during the Civil War--a kind of 19th century barbed wire.  The Osage-orange branches at Franklin were uncommonly strong and thick, presenting a deadly hazard to the Confederate attackers.  Many Union soldiers would later recall the nightmarish sight of the abatis full of tangled corpses. 

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    Osage orange branches.  Tangles such as this, called "abatis," were commonly employed to disrupt, slow, and discourage enemy formations during the Civil War--a kind of 19th century barbed wire.  The Osage-orange branches at Franklin were uncommonly strong and thick, presenting a deadly hazard to the Confederate attackers.  Many Union soldiers would later recall the nightmarish sight of the abatis full of tangled corpses. 

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