Col Cassius E. Merrill tells of the bloodshed at Franklin

“Most of our battles from Virginia to Texas were fought by private soldiers, the generals trolling along ‘just to have it said,’ but Franklin was the general’s own, both in conception and execution. Franklin was no battle storm, but a cyclone, rather, which struck and seared the earth and left it red with blood and vocal with groans of dying men.”

Crownover, The Battle of Franklin, p.1

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