“Lincoln’s Election and the Secession Drama” lecture to be hosted by Battle of Franklin Trust Jan 27th


Battle of Franklin Trust Winter Lectures Schedule

Civil War Drama Leads Series

FRANKLIN- On January 27, at Carnton Plantation’s Fleming Center, The Battle of Franklin Trust will kick off its Winter lecture series at 6 p.m. with “Lincoln’s Election and the Secession Drama,” examining the presidential election and the secession of southern states. The second lecture has been scheduled for February 24 th at 6 p.m. at Carnton Plantation’s Fleming Center.

“This year’s Winter lecture series is going to be packed with information that is not as widely known to the public as other aspects of the Civil War,” said The Battle of Franklin Trust President and C.E.O. Jennifer Esler. “Eric [Jacobson] and Thomas [Flagel] bring a wealth of invaluable knowledge to the first lecture.”

Historians and authors Eric A. Jacobson and Thomas Flagel will discuss Abraham Lincoln’s rise to the presidency in the midst of political turmoil. The duo will also look in-depth into the reasons behind the quick secession of the first seven Southern States. In addition, the lecture will be a detailed look at what was being said by participants at the time, as well as why the Union came undone.

At the end of the lecture, guests will have the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session with Jacobson and Flagel. The duo will also be available after for a book signing. The lectures are free to members of the Battle of Franklin Trust and there is an optional $5 donation for the general public. Space is limited to the first 100 people. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Leigh Bawcom at leigh@battleoffranklintrust.org .

Thomas Flagel is a historian and professor at Columbia State University. He has also authored numerous books including The History Buff’s Guide to Civil War, a detailed account into the Civil War.

Eric A. Jacobson is a historian for The Battle of Franklin Trust and author of For Cause and For Country, an exploration into the battles at Spring Hill and Franklin. He is also the Director of Operations for The Battle of Franklin Trust, which manages The Carter House and Carnton Plantation.

The Carter House was built in 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter. The Carter House is nationally known for its role in the Civil War. The house was caught in the center of the Battle of Franklin and still bears the scars of the battle, with more than 1,000 bullet holes still visible. The Visitor’s Center includes a new video presentation, military museum and museum shop.

The Battle of Franklin Trust is a 501 (c) 3 management corporation acting on behalf of Franklin’s battlefield sites to contribute to a greater understanding and enrich the visitor experience of the November 30, 1864 battle. It’s organized for the charitable and educational purposes of preserving, restoring, maintaining and interpreting the properties, artifacts and documents related to the battle so as to preserve an important part of the nation’s history. Learn more at www.battleoffranklintrust.org or call (615) 786-1864.


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