The 104th Ohio Infantry was placed right beside the Carter cotton gin at the Battle of Franklin. The men in that area of the field saw some of the most horrific and intense fighting during the battle. One Union soldier in the 104th Ohio, who survived the battle, wrote a vivid detail of the action from his point of view.
“These rebel boys were ordered to advance and were led upon a death as certain and sure to be met with, as there was a God in Heaven. Right into the fury of a foe mostly concealed from their view and worthy of their valor,” Adam Weaver wrote.
“The shells from our rifled cannons located north of town, tore dreadful gaps, in the ranks of the rebels, with only the visible effects of causing them to close up the openings and press ever forward.”
The “shells from our cannons located north of town” were no doubt coming from the guns of Fort Granger on Figuer’s Bluff, just north of the Harpeth River.
Source for Weaver quote
Fort Granger has three bastions. The map shows the location of each one.
By definition a bastion is:
a projecting work in a fortification designed to permit fire to the flanks along the face of the wall.
When entering the fort from the parking lot one walks right up to the middle bastion. You will be standing facing the MIddle bastion, looking south.
Armament (i.e., artillery) was placed in the cul de sac of each bastion. There were 30 pounders in Granger.
Each bastion sits roughly 15 feet from the ditch on the outside.
This Google map shows the relative position of Fort Granger in the larger scope of the battlefield (Franklin). Notice the Harpeth River running in front of the fort and the railroad to the west side (running north/south).
The Eastern flank portion of the Franklin battlefield was in the direct spray of artillery from Granger. Thus, Loring’s Division, and more specifically, Featherston’s Brigade, took the worst of the Federal onslaught of artillery from Granger.
Here is a video showing the middle bastion just as you enter the fort.
To order my book on Fort Granger, or to learn more click on http://www.FortGranger.US
The Civil War Trust has announced its 16th Annual Park Day, a national effort to clean up and raise community awareness of Civil War related historic sites. The City of Franklin Parks Dept has joined with the CWT by encouraging volunteers to help clean up Fort Granger vegetation on Saturday March 31, 2012.
This project is in conjunction with the Franklin’s Battlefield Preservation Commission’s intent to prepare the Park for the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Battle of Franklin. It is our hope to improve and interpret Fort Granger in a way that encourages a more thoughtful and educational framework, and to bring more awareness to the significance of the Fort’s role in the Battle of Franklin.
To sign up please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a simple registration/release form or go to City of Franklin : Parks to download a form. Please bring gloves and pruners and lots of enthusiasm. We will supply water and drinks. For more information please call Deanna at 794-2103.
I am lecturing on”Who built Fort Granger?” at the Williamson County Public Library June 8th at 6:30 p.m. Until recently is was basically unknown just who built the Fort that sits above Figuer’s Bluff on the north side of the Harpeth River near downtown Franklin.
However, I recently purchased an authentic letter from a soldier of the 98th Ohio Infantry which helped open Pandora’s Box when it comes to learning which Federal troops built it. We will also discuss details like when it was built, how long did it take, how was it built, why was it built, etc.
There will be a PowerPoint presentation and an opportunity for questions and answers too.
Save the Franklin Battlefield announces . . . .
You are invited to join us for a free tour of Fort Granger on Saturday April 16th as an activity of the City of Franklin’s Arbor/Earth Day. The tour will leave from Pinkerton Park at 11:00 to walk to the Federal fort on the bluff above the river. An encampment with reenactors will be on hand.
There will also be plenty of other activities and fun for the whole family at the city’s Arbor/Earth Day event which will run from 10:00 a.m.to 2:00 p.m.. There will be demonstrations, programs for children such as tree climing and bicycle rodeo, community and business booths, and tree saplings will be given away. Entertainment and food will also be available.
Pinkerton Park is located at 405 Murfreesboro Rd in Franklin. The STFB tour is free and open to the public and STFB members. For more information, please call the STFB office at (615) 500-6612.