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Dr James North 4th TN Cav

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Dr. James A. North (1838-1924), son of Rev. Henry Baugh North of West Harpeth. He served in Co F 4th TN Cav. CSA and moved to Franklin in 1895. The 4th TN Cav served in Biffle’s Brigade, Chalmer’s Dvision.

Dr. North traded his 75 acre farm at West Harpeth for a house on 2 lots in McEwen’s Addition on Lewisburg Ave. in 1895. he married Eliza Baker and they were the parents of Wm. Wallace, Henry Baker, Robert Cowles, Carrick Hesikell, Kate, Jessie, Eloise and Willie North. Source: HFWC

North wedding pic

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James L. Cooper son of Washington Cooper of Nashville and friend of Tod Carter. Both were members of the 20th Tennessee Infantry which fought at Franklin.

James L. Cooper 20th TN

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He enlisted Oct 7, 1861 for a period of 12 months.

Records show he was taken prisoner on Jan 19, 1862 at Fishing Creek, KY. He was paroled on the 27th. He was exchanged Aug 25, 1862.

By Nov-Dec 62 he was back with his unit.

On Sept 1, 1863 he was promoted to 1st Sgt.

On 25 Nov 1863 he was wounded at Missionary Ridge.  By March 1864 he was back with his unit.

On August 25, 1864 he was promoted to aide-de-camp to General Tyler in Atlanta.

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James W. Stevens (1828-1915) Co C 22nd TN Cavalry is buried on Pleasant Hill Rd. James fought with his unit at Franklin. On Dec 12, 1864 he was captured in Carthage, Tennessee.

James W. Stevens (1828-1915) Co C 22nd TN CAV

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While at Franklin, the 22nd TN Cav fought with Bell’s Brigade, Buford’s Division, alongside the 19th, 20th, 21st TN Cav units, and Nixon’s TN Cav.

James enlisted June 28, 1861 into the 22nd TN Cav, Company C., for a period of 12 months. At enlistment he was from DeKalb Co., Tenn.  He was 24 years old, 6’1″, blue eyes.

Confederate records show that he was listed as deserted on March 10, 1863, before his first year was up.

Aug – Dec 62 he  was listed as absent, a paroled prisoner.

In December 1862 his records show he signed back up with his unit and was placed again in good standing.

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By July-Aug 63 he was captured and exchanged back to his army.

By Sept-Oct 63 he was apparently back in good sorts with his unit because he was paid.

He was captured again Dec 12, 1864 in Carthage, Tenn.  He was sent to Camp Chase via Louisville. In March 1865 he was transferred to Chicago.

Tod Carter March 24, 1840 – December 2, 1864

Tod Carter was returning home to his native Tennessee and native Williamson County with the Army of Tennessee in the fall of 1864, with his fellow soldiers in the 20th Tennessee Infantry (C.S.A.).

He was mortally wounded at the Battle of Franklin (30 November 1864) on the very land his father owned. He was carried from the field and died on December 2, 1864 in his own home.

Image credit above: The Williamson County Historical Society

Tod Carter’s grave site at Resthaven Cemetery in Franklin.

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Thomas Y. Cartwright to portray Civil War soldier Sam Watkins

Accompanied by musical artist Michael Holloway at The Franklin Theatre November 28

A portion of the proceeds benefit The Heritage Foundation

(Franklin, Tenn.)—October 30, 2012—The Heritage Foundation Executive Director Mary Pearce announced today Civil War historian Thomas Y. Cartwright will portray Confederate Civil War soldier Sam Watkins at The Franklin Theatre Wednesday, November 28 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting The Heritage Foundation. Tickets go on sale October 31.

In making the announcement, Pearce said, “We’re ecstatic to have Thomas Cartwright take the stage at The Franklin Theatre to share with us his depiction of one of the most memorable soldiers of the Civil War and who wrote Co. Aytch, a riveting recount of his life during the war. This date was chosen because its two days prior to the 148th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin held November 30, 1864, which is significant to our rich history.

As a young boy, Cartwright read Co. Aytch and was so enthralled with it, he committed the book to memory. During the past 20 years, Cartwright has performed and portrayed Sam Watkins in numerous one man performances throughout the country. Now, for the first time, he’ll premiere his performance on stage with Holloway’s captivating music.

Cartwright, in conjunction with the Lotz House Civil War museum, has teamed with long-time music performer and entertainer Michael Holloway to take what Watkins began to write after the war, and what Cartwright memorized as a child, into the 21 century. Holloway wrote and will perform all original music to enhance the experience of the two hour portrayal. Holloway calls his music on the new CD “American music, by an American artist for an American story.”

Pearce added, “Thomas’ incredible ability to quote Sam Watkins off the top of his head is amazing and transcending. We’re excited to have this moving performance to share because it will leave everyone who hears it with the feeling they’ve heard Watkins’ story told first hand. Michael’s original music puts a huge exclamation point on the performance as it leads our imagination back to the 1860s.”

Robert Hicks, author of New York Times bestseller The Widow of the South said, “Thomas Cartwright has partnered up with Michael Holloway to give us Sam Watkins’ Co. Aytch and what a gift it will be. For those of us who have loved ol’ Sam and his Co. Aytch, this is long overdue. For those who have never read Co. Aytch, it is the best introduction I can think of.”

Hicks added, “In Sam’s own words, Cartwright movingly retells the story of Sam’s adventures in the service of the South. It is hard to imagine anyone that Sam would have rather had retell his story. Added to all of this is the wonderful music that Michael Holloway wrote and performed in accompaniment to Sam’s words. Cartwright and Holloway have hit this one out of the park. This performance is a must for anyone who loves the rich history of the American Civil War.”

Sam Watkins, originally from Maury County, served throughout the entire four year war despite being wounded several times. Of the 120 men who enlisted in “Company H” in 1861, Watkins was one of the few still in the ranks when the Confederate Army of Tennessee surrendered in April, 1865. After the war ended, Watkins began writing his memoir entitled Co. Aytch.

Watkins’ work today is recognized around the world and often used for teaching purposes. Co. Aytch is called by many historians one of the best Civil War memoirs written by a common soldier in the field. Clearly, Watkins engaging writing style captures the pride of the Civil War soldier.

Thomas Y. Cartwright is known as one of the leading authorities on the Civil War and the Battle of Franklin. He frequently appears on various documentaries for the History Channel, A&E, Travel Channel, CNN, Discovery, and Preservation Channel. For many years, he has lectured throughout most of the United States for Civil War Round Tables, corporations, preservation groups and heritage organizations. In addition, Cartwright authored several published articles and essays. He is currently authoring two books and he conducts battlefield walking tours of the Battle of Franklin from the Lotz House.
Holloway has a long and storied musical career. Growing up in Mississippi and the Mississippi Delta, his exposure to music came early, accompanying his father to blues jams with other workers in the pulp wood business.

Playing left-handed, Holloway learned the guitar on his own, playing his father’s instrument upside down. In fact, the legendary Gibson Guitar even created a left-handed dobro especially for Holloway to play. He has released two albums including Blues Travel Fast and Riding This Train which includes a cut called Feast or Famine with duet partner Gretchen Wilson. He’s toured the country as well as Europe and opened for such acts as BB King, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter and Little Feat.

The doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:00 p.m. with a brief intermission. Tickets are $35 and $50 and go on sale October 31 and are available at www.FranklinTheatre.com or at The Franklin Theatre box office (615) 538-2076. After expenses, half of the proceeds benefit The Heritage Foundation earmarked for the Carter Cotton Park.

The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving our historic resources in Franklin and Williamson County, Tennessee. Among our programs are the award-winning Main Street Program, the Downtown Franklin Association, which promotes and revitalizes the 150 unique places to explore in the 15-block downtown National Register District.

For further information contact:
Susan Andrews 615-242-4400
susanandrews@andrewsagencypr.com

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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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