Over 146 years ago, the Southern forces of Gen. John Bell Hood engaged Union troops commanded by Gen. John Schofield in what became one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. In the years following the 1864 Battle of Franklin, the battlefield on which it took place largely disappeared.
Instead of an area that would provide generations of Americans the opportunity to understand the importance of the battle, as well as larger questions about the Civil War, the battlefield became populated with retail strip centers, pizza parlors, golf courses and housing developments.
The battlefield disappeared so substantially that in the 1990s it was rated as “lost” by the Civil War Preservation Trust.
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