Confederate monument in downtown Franklin to get a makeover?

The four small cannons that decorate the Confederate monument around the square at downtown Franklin might get a makeover thanks to the Battlefield Commission.  The cement pillar bases might be replaced by replica cannon carriages.

The Tennessean reports tonight that members of the Battlefield Preservation Commission will discuss the idea Thursday. The Commission would apparently acquire the replica carriages from the U.S. National Park Service.

The city battlefield commission meets 7:30 a.m. Thursday at City Hall.

The Tennessean reported:

“It’s a concept that a couple of our members brought forward,” said Jay Sheridan, commission member. “It sounds like there could potentially be an opportunity with the parks service to acquire carriages they are no longer using.”

The Confederate monument was erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Franklin Chapter No. 14, on Nov. 30, 1899, to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Franklin.

Here’s what Franklin’s Confederate monument looked like when it was first erected in 1900.  Photo courtesy of the Williamson County Heritage Foundation.

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