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Battle of Franklin Symposium | October 21 – 22, 2016

Through lectures, panel discussions, and tours of the battlefield and historic homes, the symposium will offer an in-depth look at the Western Theater of the Civil War in 1864. Attendees will learn about the events leading up to the Battle of Franklin, the battle’s tactics, civilian perspectives, and post battle logistics. This event will allow guests to learn about this pivotal moment in American history in a unique way. Click here for more information or to register for this event!

Tentative Itinerary

Thursday, October 20
Opening Reception at Carter House, 5:30 pm – 7pm

Friday, October 21
Breakfast and Lightning Round Speakers, 7:30 am
Columbia & Spring Hill Battlefield Tours, 9 am – 3:30 pm
Dinner at Carnton with speakers Sam Hood, author of two books on General John Bell Hood, and Dr. Carroll Van West, State Historian., 6:30 pm

Saturday, October 22
Breakfast and Lightning Round Speakers, 7:30 am
Franklin Battlefield Tours, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Hors d’oeuvres at Drury, 6:30 pm

For questions, please contact Brittany Mayfield at (615) 794-0903 or

Upcoming lecture by Prof Thomas Flagel: “War, Peace and Typhoid: Union Occupation of Franklin during the Civil War” on Oct. 4

The Spring Hill Home Page (newspaper) just posted this article:


Prof. Thomas Flagel, image courtesy of Spring Hill Homepage

Columbia State Community College Associate Professor of History Dr. Thomas Flagel will present “War, Peace and Typhoid: Union Occupation of Franklin during the Civil War” on Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at the Williamson Campus.

During the Civil War, the Battle of Franklin lasted five hours; however, federal occupation of Williamson County lasted more than two years. At one point, a Union garrison outnumbered the local population by more than 10 to one.

“For more than two years, Union troops, white civilians and African Americans coexisted in Franklin in a tenuous, volatile and unforeseen situation,” Flagel said. “Almost completely forgotten by our generation, the occupation of Franklin radically altered theirs. What they saw and what they did may shock, inspire or repulse a modern audience. It is time we learn of their story.”

Flagel will explore the causes and effects of this massive buildup, as well as how it transformed the racial, political, economic and environmental landscape of the region.

He earned his bachelor’s in history from Loras College, a master’s in European history from Kansas State University, a master’s in international relations from Creighton University and a doctorate of public history from Middle Tennessee State University.

The Community Room is located on the second floor of the Administration Building on the Williamson Campus at 1228 Liberty Pike, in Franklin, Tennessee. The lecture is free and open to the public.