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The amazing thing to me is how far-reaching the visitors are to my Battle of Franklin blog.  Just since 2012 (the blog was started in 2006), there have been nearly 450,000 total views representing visitors from more than 141 countries. Here are the top fifteen visitors by country according to WordPress.

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I started blogging on the Battle of Franklin in 2006. There are almost 1,000 unique posts here and we will soon see our 450,000th view!  I launched the BoF Facebook site in October 2009.  That group has grown to over 4,500 friends.  It may be the largest single battle-focsued Facebook site in existence, at least as best I can tell.

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I sincerely appreciate all the hundreds of daily visitors my blog and Facebook site receives.  I do it for the pure love of the subject matter.  I’ve never cared to turn these properties into a money-making model.

Here are the top posts of all time according to WordPress.

From history to mystery – 4,957 views

John and Carrie McGavock describe the scene after the Battle of Franklin – 3,842 views

CSA Order of the Battle of Franklin – 3,830 views

Franklin maps – 3,624 views

“101 stuff” – 2,805 views

7th TN Cav (CS) 1Triune was a thriving area of Middle Tennessee prior to the Civil War and was occupiedby Federal troops in January 1863.  There was a battle on Dec 27, 1862 as Confederate brigades under General Braxton Bragg encountered Federal troops on their way to Murfreesboro for what would be the Battle of Stones River a few days later.  After Confederate forces were defeated at Triune, the Federal Army occupied the area and erected fortifications. Between April and June 1863 there were several cavalry skirmishes lead by General Bedford Forrest.  The local people resisted Federal occupation and manywere detained.  Many of the area homes and churches were destroyed by firesduring these military actions of 1863.

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Read an original letter written by a 98th Ohio Infantry soldier, writing from Triune, June 4th, 1863.

I have the good fortune of not having to be a professional historian, meaning, having to publish traditionally in order to put food on the table. I’ve been studying and researching on the American Civil War for over 25 years.  My personal Civil War library is over 10,000 volumes.  I also collect letters, documents, newspapers, some images, etc. I also have a Civil War image library (contemporary photos) that recently passed over 30,000 separate images.

I wish I had the patience and focus to write traditional non-fiction books, but alas, my ADHD keeps me moving, often following fascinating rabbit trails.  These ‘trails’ have resulted in thousands of blog posts, essays, soldier-research files, PowerPoints, lectures, talks.

Scores of these are accessible FREE on for your downloading pleasure.  As of April 2014 my Franklin/middle Tennessee ScribD collection has received over 40,000+ downloads/reads.

When one factors in my views to this blog (almost 450,000) and the number of reads/downloads on my ScribD site (91,000+), it becomes obvious why a non-traditional publishing model suits my style of research and publication best.

Here is a partial bibliography of my work:

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I do accept about a dozen or so speaking engagements each year.  I try to keep them to one per month.  I enjoy doing Civil War round tables, conferences, lectures, etc.  If interested in booking me for a talk/presentation please email me at telling history[at]

Here are some of the Civil War subjects I enjoy speaking on:

  • Units, actions or engagements involving middle Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan
  • People like: Irish songster Barney Williams, escaped slave Robert Smalls, Union POW Morris Cooper Foote, Medal of Honor Winners from Tennessee and Michigan, the Civil War service of Lee Ewing (63rd Indiana), random soldier-profiles I have unearthed.
  • Other subjects including: military hospitals in Nashville, poetry and entertainment, Beaufort (SC), and others.

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Kraig McNutt is the author and publisher of this blog. He has been blogging on Franklin for over five years and on the Civil War in general since 1995. Email him.

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Summary of the Battle of Franklin

The Battle of Franklin was fought on November 30, 1864 in Franklin, Tennessee; in Williamson County. John Bell Hood's Army of Tennessee (around 33,000 men) faced off with John M. Schofield's Army of the Ohio and the Cumberland (around 30,000 men). Often cited as "the bloodiest five hours" during the American Civil War, the Confederates lost between 6,500 - 7,500 men, with 1,750 dead. The Federals lost around 2,000 - 2,500 men, with just 250 or less killed. Hood lost 30,000 men in just six months (from July 1864 until December 15). The Battle of Franklin was fought mostly at night. Several Confederate Generals were killed, including Patrick Cleburne, and the Rebels also lost 50% of their field commanders. Hood would limp into Nashville two weeks later before suffering his final defeat before retreating to Pulaski in mid December. Hundreds of wounded Confederate soldiers were taken to the John and Carrie McGavock home - Carnton - after the battle. She became known as the Widow of the South. The McGavock's eventually donated two acres to inter the Confederate dead. Almost 1,500 Rebel soldiers are buried in McGavock Confederate Cemetery, just in view of the Carnton house.

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