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The FCWRT released the following information about this Saturday’s tour:
Franklin Civil War Round Table members are invited to participate in an on-site tour of the Parkers Crossroads battlefield, Saturday, April 13. This is a special event sponsored by the FCWRT. Our friends with the Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table (Huntsville) will also be participating.
A caravan will leave from the new Franklin Drury Plaza Hotel (McEwen Drive) parking lot at 10:00 that morning. It is about a two-hour drive to the park or almost 100 miles. This should leave you plenty of time to grab lunch somewhere along the way. The directions are simple. Drive towards Memphis on Interstate 40 and get off exit 108. Turn left (south) and you will see the Visitor’s Center in about a fourth of a mile. We will gather at the Visitor’s Center and the tour begins at 1:00 PM. There are a couple of fast food businesses at exit 108 and prior.
The December 31, 1862 battle resulted in a Confederate victory and was one of General Nathan Bedford Forrest’s biggest successes in West Tennessee. There are several very interesting sites of the battle that are well preserved.
The tour will be led by state Congressman Steve McDaniel, who was instrumental in leading the efforts to save the almost 350 acres of battlefield now interpreted. The tour is expected to last 2-3 hours.
In the event of poor weather, we will send an email notification as early as possible April 13 once a decision has been made to cancel or not.
There is no charge for Franklin Round Table members but we do ask that donations be made. Donations from non-members would be especially appreciated. The Parkers Crossroads Battlefield Association is a non-profit group and any donations may be tax deductible.
Please call if questions: 615.473.3034 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tennessean recently reported that a 12-pounder cannonball, likely Federal, was unearthed on the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park site near Carnton. Officials are working on the land to build a road. To read the full story click here.
A State archaeologist will likely be assigned to accompany any future earth moving and digging on the site in the event that other artifacts are discovered. Stay tuned.
This Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 CST Battle of Franklin preservationists and enthusiasts will gather at the site of the Carter cotton gin site behind the Domino’s to celebrate the official purchase of the Domino’s and strip mall property where the epicenter of the Battle of Franklin was fought.
I’ve blogged on this many times.
Speakers at the ceremony include Civil War Trust President James Lighthizer, Tennessee Transportation Commissioner John Schroer, Caroll Van West co-chairman of the Tennessee Sesquicentennial Commission, Franklin’s Charge member Julian Bibb and Battle of Franklin Trust Historian Eric Jacobson.
This Google map below shows the strip mall area in relation to the original troop placements.