This map of the battlefield (on an interpretative marker on the Eastern Flank) is very helpful for one to orient oneself to the Battle of Franklin. There is so much to appreciate from studying this map. Here are a list of questions any good student of the Battle of Franklin would know, or at least want to know. The map below can answer each question.
- How far east-west was the Confederate Army spread out while positioned at Winstead Hill?
- Once the CSA Army got to the main Union earthworks, centered at the Cotton Gin, how far east-west was the army spread out then? Why is this important?
- What are the three main arteries the CSA Army traversed to get to ground zero (i.e., the Carter grounds)?
- What were the primary obstacles (i.e., man-made and natural) that the Union Army used to defend itself?
- What were the ‘high spots’ (natural and man-made) that both sides attempted to leverage?
- How far was Fort Granger and her guns from the McGavock farm? From the CSA Army as it approached the Union defensive main line?
- How does the landscape and important items noted impact the chances of a successful cavalry flanking maneuver by Forrest?
- How and why was the Harpeth River an important advantage to the Union Army?
Both images from interpretative markers on the Eastern Flank
Source: Cowan’s auction, 2006
A reader of the blog needs some help:
I am searching for a long lost cousin who came from Osceola, Mo fighting with the Sixth/second Reg Inf Vols Co F under Capt Weidemeyer. After Jim Lane and his band of thuds burned Osceola to the ground, Capt Weidemeyer supplied his men out of his own pocket and rode off to the south to fight in the Battle Of Wilson Creek, Mo. According to what I have been able to find, the unit fought in Elk Horn where my long lost cousin was wounded and later captured in or around Franklin in December 1864. From that point, there is no further information on him. His name was Charles F Moran born Ky around 1840. His parents were Henry E Moran and Nancy E Brown from St Clair County Missouri. The Moran’s came from Washington County Ky around 1840. Any information or leads for this search would be deeply appreciated.
Please contact Joy at <jsweigart[at]embarqmail.com> if you have info to share.
Also auctioned off in 2013 was this important letter from a Union cavalry soldier:
Pvt. Albert Swap, 7th Illinois Cavalry, Co C, Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 30, 1864
[The 7th Illinois was part of Hatch’s Division, Coon’s Brigade. They served with the 2nd IA, 6th & 9th Illinois, and the 12th TN Cavs.]
“…you said you suppose Chas Dewey would arrive before I received this message of yours, so he did, but I regret to say he is among the missing on our trip to this place. We left Memphis on the 17th and was 9 days on the River there was several men drowned before we arrived at his place and C. L. D. and John R. Chapman of Co. C are among the missing. The last I saw of them was about two miles above New Madrid, Mo….
It has now been 62 days since the Regt. went out on this scout, they are now about 40 miles from this place at Columbia where they are having some very hard fighting with Hood’s Army. Genl. Thomas is out there with two corps of Infantry but the rebs still drive him back. We could hear very heavy cannonading in that direction for about an hour this morning. There is going to be some very hard fighting about this city in a short time if they keep driving our men back. We are camped about two miles from the city and they are going to move us in towards the city as they think we are exposed to a raid from the Lebanon Pike…
There is considerable excitement here today the Rebel General Hood is still driving our men they are now within 20 miles of this place. Some of our men who have come from the front seem to think that Genl. Thomas is falling back to get the rebels where he can gain some advantage over them while others seem to think they are two strong for us, if the latter there will be some hard fighting and then we will either have to fall back or be gobbled but we must always look on the bright side of everything…
But alas how many of our Brave soldiers are falling hourly as I am penning you these poor lines, the sullen booming of the cannon that I can hear very plainly speaks of death…to the soldier…”
- Charles L. Dewey was from Mendota, Ill; he survived the war. A total of eight men with last named Dewey fought int he 7th ILL Cav; six in Company C, like Charles.
- John R. Chapman, Co C., also survived the war.
A blog reader needs help with this:
I talked to you a year ago or so. I am still looking for graves from the 2nd Michigan Cav. Buried at Franklin . One thing I have found is a lot of Union Soldiers confirmed as buried in Franklin , many that died at the Battle of Franklin, just never made it to Stone’s River National Cemetery. An Ohio Civil War veterans group tried to find several of Battle of Franklin KIA sometime in the early 1900’s and determined that they were not interred at Stones River even though all the Union Graves in the Franklin Area were supposedly all moved there. They are listed on the Stone’s River register even though there is no grave. But then again out of 6,100 graves at Stone’s River 2,562 are unknown. It appears to me that the re-internments from Franklin to Stone’s River were careless and haphazard, compared to the more meticulous re-interments in the Northern VA and Pa area…. I say that because even those that died before the Battle of Franklin and placed in Identified graves never turned up at Stone’s River. A lot of dead just never made it, or maybe they were just put into wagons without respect to identity and moved to Unknown Graves at Stone’s River… Maybe that is unfair, because I notice that the confederate cemetery in Franklin also has about 1/3 Unknowns….
Lyle Borton <lyle.borton[at]comcast.net>