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WSMV-4 covered the story in tonight’s evening news.
Civil War Soldier Gets Proper Burial
(10/8/09) – A Civil War soldier who died in battle and whose remains were uncovered this year is finally getting a proper military burial.
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FRANKLIN, Tenn. — The remains of an unknown Civil War soldier found earlier this year in Franklin will lie in state at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church until the burial on Saturday.
Visitation periods are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Two Civil War reenactors, one Confederate and one Union, are standing guard at the coffin.
The church was used for barracks and a hospital during the Civil War. The re-enactor soldiers stand guard 24-hours a day.
Bones and pieces of the soldier’s uniform were found in May during construction at the corner of Columbia Pike and Southeast Parkway.The soldier will be reburied at Rest Haven Cemetery in downtown Franklin at 10 a.m. Saturday.”
To find the remains of a Civil War soldier pretty much intact is highly remarkable. This is really a once in a lifetime opportunity. Anybody who has any interest in the Civil War really should come out and take the opportunity to pay their final respects to this American soldier,” said Rene Evans of Franklin on Foot walking tours.
The monument to mark his grave will be made from sections of the original limestone columns that were part of the state capitol.
The capitol’s columns were built in 1856 but have been in storage since the structure underwent a major renovation in the 1950s.
“It’s just a remarkable piece of Civil War history, and it really makes history come to life here 145 years later,” said Evans.
An estimated 2,000 soldiers were killed in the Battle of Franklin, which took place in November 1864.
I was on hand to take a few pics of the unknown Civil War soldier’s coffin being delivered to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church this morning around 8:00 am. A couple of re-enactors were on hand to carry it into the church. The soldier’s casket will lie in repose in the sanctuary of St. Paul’s until burial Saturday morning at 10:00 am. The general public can visit the church and view the coffin from 8 – 8 Thursday and Friday.
As the Franklin community gathers to re-bury an unknown Civil War soldier this Saturday (Oct 10th) the event is reminiscent of days gone by of old when the veterans of the blue and gray gathered at the McGavock farm to commemorate the men who fought in the battle of Franklin.
A magnanimous spirit in the late 19th and early 20th century was displayed generously in some of the earliest renunions.
The Grand Reunion in Franklin of 1887, as chronicled by the Nashville Daily American, made the following report about some comments that Col. N.N. Cox of the 10th Tennessee Cavalry:
We are here as citizens of the great commonwealth – we hope in the proper spirit of patriotism as well as friendship. In casting our eyes to the future we trust that all prejudice from either side is buried forever.
[Williamson County: Civil War Veterans - Their Reunions and Photographs, Warwick: p. 23]
The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin (1914) was covered by the Maury Democrat newspaper.
This was very cordial and pleasant meeting of old time foes – all animosity gone; and all proud of the record of America manhood and glad to know that the wounds of a cruel war are healed and all are brothers again.
[Williamson County: Civil War Veterans - Their Reunions and Photographs, Warwick: p. 62]