Thousands of people gathered in Gettysburg today to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s historic Gettysburg Address [read more].
Franklin, Tenn. – (10/22/13) Thomas Cartwright is excited to announce he has teamed up with fellow historian and long-time tour guide John Marler for a very special walking battlefield tour on this year’s 149th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin called “Crossfire on the Battlefield.”
According to Thomas and John, what will make this tour different from others is that they will offer personal accounts of both Confederate and Federal viewpoints throughout the tour.
Thomas will give the perspective of the Confederates while John will counterpoint the Federal viewpoint. This tour promises to be very face-paced while covering ground zero of the battle with a focus on individual soldiers.
According to Cartwright, “This is about the common soldier, both Blue and Gray, all Americans who gave everything they had, including their lives.”
This very special tour is limited to only fifty guests at $75 per person. The tour will begin at the Lotz House at 10:30 a.m. and last until 2:30 p.m. on November 30.
Another aspect of this unique tour is each participant will be given a dog tag representing a soldier that fought at the Battle of Franklin (both Southern and Northern) at the beginning of the tour. And the course of the tour, Thomas and John will tell guests the fate of their soldier. Guests will also receive a battlefield map along with a continental breakfast.
For more information and to make reservations call 615-790-7190 or email Thomas Cartwright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Battle of Franklin Trust is proud to present Blue and Gray Days!
This year’s event will take place at The Carter House and Carnton Plantation on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9. Friday morning from 9:00am-1:00pm will be reserved specifically for school groups. Both sites will open to the general public at 1:00pm. Guided house tours will be available on Friday afternoon and on Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm with the last tour at 4:00pm both days. Blue and Gray Day events will end at 4:00 pm on Saturday.
Each site will feature a variety of living historians that visitors can interact with to learn more about life during the Civil War era. Visitors can meet Abraham Lincoln, learn about Civil War photography and flags, and watch a blacksmith at work, in addition to a variety of other living historians and re-enactors. We hope you will make plans to join us for this educational event!
I am personally saddened to announce that Corrine Davenport, daughter of Confederate soldier – Henry Clay Smith, Co G, 4th TN Cav. – passed away yesterday. She would have been 98 this December. A friend very close to the family texted me last night to deliver the news.
Here are the funeral details:
Visitation: 4 – 7 Friday , First Baptist Church, downtown Nashville
Funeral: 11:00 Saturday, at the church with visitation 1 hour before the service
Burial at Woodlawn Cemetery – Thompson Lane, Nashville
I was very fortunate to meet Ms. Davenport in 2011 on the occasion of her 96th birthday. She was so sweet and funny too. I sat beside Ms. Davenport at her birthday party and she kept telling me, “I wished they’d cut the cake.” So finally, when her birthday cake was presented to her a family member said, “Make a wish.” Ms. Davenport blurted out, “I WISH you’d cut the cake!” Here’s a picture of her blowing out the candles.
The Franklin community was treated to special appearances by two then-living sons and a living daughter (Ms. Davenport) when we reburied the unknown soldier in October 2009.
Pictured above (2009) are James Brown (passed away in Feb 2012), Ms. Davenport (passed away Aug 23rd) and Harold Becker (still living in Michigan). This is an amazing picture. Each of these individuals had fathers who fought in the American Civil War.
What if there was a test one had to take to become a “Licensed Battlefield Guide” for the Battle of Franklin? Gettysburg is famous for the test LBGs have to take in order to officially interpret the action at Gettysburg. The current issue (Summer 2013) of The Civil War Monitor has an interesting article about the Gettysburg test.
Suggest a question that needs to be on our Franklin Licensed Battlefield Guide test and/or suggest an important fact you are aware of that needs to be reflected on our test.
The Gettysburg LBG test is 250 questions. I don’t see the Franklin version being that long, but maybe we can come up with 100 really good questions.
I’ll keep track of the suggested questions on my blog (BattleofFranklin.net). Refer to this page for the current list.
Ready . . . go!