FREE walking tour of Loring’s Advance this Saturday

NEWS: from Save the Franklin Battlefield

Join us on a free Battlefield Walking Tour at Loring’s Advance this Saturday

A free walking tour of the newly acquired 5-acre Loring’s Advance battlefield parcel in Franklin will be conducted by Save the Franklin Battlefield, Inc on Saturday, March 17 at 10:00 AM.

Historian Eric Jacobson will lead the tour and tell of the determined and heroic soldiers who crossed this ground under terrible fire to reach the eastern half of the Federal trench line.

This important part of the Franklin Battlefield is being protected with funds from the Civil War Trust, the National Parks System, and STFB. This parcel will help tell the Battle of Franklin story, and can someday help connect the protected parts of the battlefield.

The tour is free and open to the public and STFB members. The tour will start promptly at 10 AM so be sure to arrive early. It will end by noon.

Directions: From downtown Franklin, go south on Columbia Avenue. Just past Carter House, turn left on Cleburne St, right on Adams St, then left on Meadowlawn Drive. Park in the lot on the right at the end of the street. The entrance to Loring’s Advance is on the left beside a white concrete block building.

For more information, visit http://www.franklin-stfb.org or call (615) 500-6612.

>> Want to see a photo gallery of Loring’s Advance from November?

Photo gallery from first public viewing of property known as Loring’s Advance

As I recently mentioned, the first-ever access or viewing of the reclaimed Franklin battlefield property – Loring’s Advance – was this past Saturday, the 5th. I attended the celebration with numerous other people.

This property is land-locked behind several homes near Adams Street.

Why is this land important to the battle of Franklin story?

A very sizeable Confederate division under General Loring advance upon this ground as they head northwest on the afternoon of November 30, 1864, to assault the Federal lines just a few hundred yards away.  The Confederates took thousands of casualties, including hundreds killed, who are now buried in the McGavock Confederate Cemetery.

To learn more click here.

Here is a photo gallery of the event.

Historians Thomas Cartwright and Eric Jacobson spoke.

View of the property looking northwest, toward Columbia Pike.

View of Loring's Advance property looking west.

 

 

First-ever public tour of new Franklin battlefield reclaimed land – Loring’s Advance – set for Saturday Nov 5th at 10 a.m.

The Franklin community recently celebrated the successful acquisition of a five acre parcel known as Loring’s Advance, which sits roughly SW of the Collins Farm property (see map below). The battlefield land acquisition was procured through the hard work of Save the Franklin Battlefield (STFB) and the Civil War Trust, displaying once again that the Franklin, Tennessee preservation efforts continue to thrust our fair community as one of the leading communities in the United States that is winning in historic and battlefield preservation.

The first-ever public tour of this land will be hosted by STFB Saturday morning at 10 a.m., led by none other than our senior historic tour guide – Thomas Cartwright.

If you are interested in going , please visit the STFB site to learn the details about it; especially where to park.

Thanks

Several Confederate soldiers from Company K, 33rd Mississippi lost their lives at Franklin

Loring’s Division (Lt. Gen. A.P. Stewart’s Corps) lost (killed) 334 men at Franklin. Gen Scott lost 126. Featherston lost 68, and Adams lost 43.

Featherston’s Brigade consisted of:

  • 1st Battalion, Mississippi Sharpshooters ( 0 killed )
  • 1st MS Infantry ( 6 killed)
  • 3rd MS ( 14 killed )
  • 22nd MS ( 8 killed )
  • 31st MS ( 21 killed)
  • 33rd MS ( 10 killed )
  • 40th MS ( 9 killed )
Loring’s Division marched across what is now known as the Eastern Flank part of the Franklin battlefield, traversing the McGavock farm.  What these men hardly knew was that they literally walked across ground upon which so many of them would be buried following the battle.

 
The 33rd Mississippi Infantry, Company K, lost at least six known, and perhaps several more buried in now unknown plots.

Here are pictures of the markers of identified 33rd MS, Company K men buried at McGavock.

Regarding Shaw, Jacobson writes: ” About ‘fifteen paces from the works’ Lt. Henry Clay Shaw saw the color bearer of the 33rd Mississippi fall with the flag. Shaw picked it up and scrambled to the parapet. As he tried to shove the staff into the dirt Shaw was killed, ‘his body falling in the trench, the colors falling in the works.”

See: Jacobson (For Cause: p. 322.  Also:  OR 45, pt. 1, p. 322, 331, 338, 430.

As you can see from the map below, Featherston’s men faced the Hoosier boys from Stiles’s Brigade on the far left Union flank.

Historian Eric Jacobson talks about Loring’s advance at the Battle of Franklin.


Update: Franklin gets $500K from TN Transportation Dept to help with Eastern Flank construction

Governor Haslam Announces Transportation Grant for Franklin

[Text sourced from State web site]

Grant to fund Eastern Flank Battlefield Access Improvement Project

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer joined state and local leaders today to announce the award of a $500,000 transportation enhancement grant to the city of Franklin for the Eastern Flank Battlefield Access Improvement Project.

The Eastern Flank Battlefield Access Improvement Project includes the construction of an access drive from Lewisburg Pike to the Eastern Flank Battlefield property. The project also includes visitor center parking, interpretive trail network, landscaping, bike racks, signage, bio-retention area and other pedestrian amenities.

“Tennessee’s Civil War battlefields are wonderful educational destinations, and they attract thousands of visitors to the state each year,” Haslam said. “It is imperative we preserve these areas and make the necessary improvements to ensure they are accessible to residents and visitors. I’m pleased the state can contribute to those efforts.”

The grant is made possible through a federally funded program administered by TDOT.

“Through Transportation Enhancement grants, TDOT has funded more than $259 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” Schroer said. “Established by Congress in the early 1990’s, the program supports activities designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic and environmental aspects of the nation’s transportation system.”

A variety of activities such as the restoration of historic facilities, bike and pedestrian trails, landscaping and other non-traditional transportation projects are eligible for grant funds under the federal program.

State Sen. Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) and state Reps. Glen Casada (R-Franklin), Phillip Johnson (R-Pegram) and Charles Sargent (R-Franklin) represent Williamson County in the Tennessee General Assembly.