Today’s the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin. When it comes to the Civil War Sesquicentennial, I haven’t really done much in the way of commemorative posting. I’m taking notice of this anniversary, however, because I have a personal connection to Franklin. I don’t have an ancestor who died there or anything of that sort; it’s entirely a matter of happenstance.
I was born on November 30, and every year my dad—a longtime history teacher and Civil War buff—would remind me of the coincidence. (Luckily for him, my mom’s birthday is the anniversary of Bunker Hill, so he always remembered that one, too.) So here are a few links in recognition of a dark day for the Confederacy and an auspicious one for me.
- The Battle of Franklin Trust and Franklin’s Charge have done some great work to preserve and restore the landscape. Check out their websites and consider donating.
- An update on recent preservation efforts
- Country singer Kix Brooks gave $10,000 to help secure battleground land
- Some awesome animated Franklin maps from the Civil War Trust
- Here’s a Battle of Franklin blog with plenty of information
- Special events for those of you within driving distance
- Sites to see if you’d like to take an 1864-themed tour of Middle Tennessee. And here’s a tour of the battleground you can access via iTunes.