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]