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

Very rare war-dated signature of Major-General Patrick R. Cleburne for sale

I want to share an incredible artifact I am offering through my online store, The Civil War Shoppe. It is an extremely rare, war-dated signature of Confederate Major-General Patrick R. Cleburne. Is it expensive, yes? Is it rare? A war-dated signature of Cleburne is nearly impossible to find.  Click on the link or email me to handle payment details – $3,695.00 (firm).


Sample Cleburne sigantures


The Orphan Mother – new novel by Robert Hicks

hicks-bookRobert’s latest novel, THE ORPHAN MOTHER, is an epic tale of one remarkable woman’s quest for justice.

In the years following the Civil War, Mariah Reddick, former slave to Carrie McGavock – the “Widow of the South” – has quietly built a new life for herself as a midwife to the women of Franklin, Tennessee. But when her ambitious, politically minded grown son, Theopolis, is murdered, Mariah – no stranger to loss – finds her world once more breaking apart. How could this happen? Who wanted him dead?

Mariah’s journey to uncover the truth leads her to unexpected people – including George Tole, a recent arrival in town, fleeing a difficult past of his own – and forces her to confront the truths of her own past. Brimming with the vivid prose and historical research that has won Robert Hicks recognition as a “master storyteller” (San Francisco Chronicle), THE ORPHAN MOTHER is the unforgettable story of one woman’s heroic struggle in the face of overwhelming adversity and the undeniable strength of a mother’s love.

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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.

84th Indiana Strength Report – March 1864

The 84th Indiana was in Grouse’s Brigade, Kimball’s Division at Franklin.  I acquired this Strength Report of the 84th Indiana for March 1864 not too long ago.

The goldmine is in the bottom third of the document. The writer details copies notes about numerous 84th men and what their status is.

For example, Cpl William Pittengen is a deserter; he lists men in the hospitals in Nashville, mentions name after name of soldiers (e.g., Rufus Taylor, David Mohler, Francis Wincett, Col Champion, Benton Skinner, Capt John C Taylor, 1st Lt Mcclure who is detached to Fort Granger by order of Gen Gordon Granger.  Many more soldier’s names are listed.

The 84th helped construct Fort Granger in Franklin from March-May 1863.  The 84th mustered in at Richmond, Indiana.

It was assigned to the 2nd brigade, 1st division, 4th Army Corps about Feb 1864.

The detail in the document is relevant in getting a better handle on the strength of the 84th Indiana following their action Chickamauga and Chattanooga in late 1863, then at Buzzard’s Roost, GA in late February 1864.

It is for sale

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