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I have been working on a Google interactive map of the Battle of Franklin. It is still very much a work-in-progress but many users have found it very helpful.

There are lots of maps on the Battle of Franklin.net web site. Click here to see all of them. Print them off for assistance on your visit to the area.

 It shows:

  • Troops positions and movement
  • Contemporary photos of key structures
  • Authentic photos of soldiers
  • Original written accounts from soldiers and eyewitnesses

It is accessible at www.FranklinBattlefield.com

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If you have a basic understanding of how to work with the Google Map software then you’ll find my map easy to use.


One feature of the Google interactive map of the Battle of Franklin [found at:  http://www.franklinbattlefield.com] is that we identify the location where key indidviduals were killed or wounded during the action; for example, where Gen Patrick Cleburne was killed near the Carter cotton gin.

 

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We also include some video on some content items. In the example of Cleburne, we have a brief video of historian Eric Jacobson talking about the charge that Cleburne was killed at during the battle.

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Another feature of the Google interactive map of the Battle of Franklin [found at:  http://www.franklinbattlefield.com] is that we identify specific historic landmarks like buildings or markers one can see when visiting the battlefield. 

Many of the items will have historic or period photos or drawings, as well as contemporary photos.

Here’s an example of a historically preserved home that can be viewed on a personal tour of Franklin today.

Boxmere House, 909 West Main, Franklin, TN

Another feature of the Google interactive map of the Battle of Franklin [found at:  http://www.franklinbattlefield.com] is that we identify positions of artillery and fortifcations.

Ft. Granger looking south.

Granger left flank Union master jpg by kwmcnutt.


The Federal army, under Schofield, had the huge advantage of Ft. Granger, which sat just south of the Harpeth River, and east of Columbia Pike.

The picture below (click on to enlarge) shows the view from Granger. From the yellow pin designating Ft. Granger one can see Carnton at 12 o’clock (about a mile away), the Carter House at 2 o’clock (about a half mile away), and Winstead Hill at 1 o’clock (about 2 1/2 miles away.

Granger had several large guns in position during the Battle of Franklin. Loring’s and Wathall’s Divisions came from the southwest, crossing Carnton plantation. These Granger guns decimated these divisions from nearly a mile away.

The next map (click to enlarge) shows the Confederate Army of Tennessee as it approached the Federal lines at Franklin. Notice how the Federal position leveraged several geographic features. (1) Using the Harpeth River and the Nashville-Decatur Railroad as a natural barrier for their far left flank. (2) Position of Ft. Granger to protect that left flank. (3) The osage orange abatis also protected the far left flank, making it nearly impossible to penetrate.

Here’s a schematic of the design and layout of Fort Granger.

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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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