Welcome to the BattleofFranklin.net web site. My name is Kraig McNutt [tellinghistory at yahoo dot com].
This blog was launched in 2006 but I have been “blogging” on the Civil War way before – since 1995 – the term was ever coined. Though the main focus of this blog is the second Battle of Franklin (Nov 30, 1864), I also publish content related to middle Tennessee, especially Nashville, and then to impact of the Civil War on Tennessee in general.
To my knowledge this blog is the largest of its kind on the entire Web that is focused on a sole battle. I have published nearly 1,000 posts since the beginning. There are only about 20-25 Civil War blogs in existence that are regularly updated (i.e., several times a month). I update my blog from 15-20 times a month.
There is an accompanying Facebook Group for this blog [ http://www.facebook.com/Franklin1864 ]. It has over 4,100 followers as of July 2012.
The Battle of Franklin was fought on November 30, 1864 in Franklin, Tennessee; in Williamson County. John Bell Hood’s Army of Tennessee (around 33,000 men) faced off with John M. Schofield’s Army of the Ohio and the Cumberland (around 30,000 men). Often cited as “the bloodiest five hours” during the American Civil War, the Confederates lost between 6,500 – 7,500 men, with 1,750 dead. The Federals lost around 2,000 – 2,500 men, with just 250 or less killed. Hood lost 30,000 men in just six months (from July 1864 until December 15). The Battle of Franklin was fought mostly at night. Several Confederate Generals were killed, including Patrick Cleburne, and the Rebels also lost 50% of their field commanders. Hood would limp into Nashville two weeks later before suffering his final defeat before retreating to Pulaski in mid December. Hundreds of wounded Confederate soldiers were taken to the John and Carrie McGavock home – Carnton – after the battle. She became known as the Widow of the South. The McGavock’s eventually donated two acres to inter the Confederate dead. Almost 1,500 Confederate soldiers are buried in McGavock Confederate Cemetery, just in view of the Carnton house.
As the publisher of this site, I sorta think of myself as a bloghistorian.
I do not have to do history as a profession, that is, to make money to pay my bills. I have the good fortune of pursuing my passion and interest in the American Civil War purely from a labor of love. Nonetheless, I do consider myself a serious amateur historian, and my chosen medium to convey my thoughts is the blog instead of traditional print. The title bloghistorian seems to fit me best.
I have been studying the American Civil War for over 25 years now. I am lucky to be able to live in Franklin (Williamson County, Tennessee). I was born and raised in Kentucky (which was technically neutral in the war), lived for many years in Indiana (a Northern state), but have lived in Tennessee (a Southern state) for almost a decade now. I believe this geographic background affords me a unique ability to be fair and balanced to all three sides when it comes to reflecting on the American Civil War.
My wife and I also had numerous relatives who fought for BOTH sides of the Civil War. She had three who fought at Franklin and I had two. Together, we each had a combined total of more than 50 relatives who fought in the Civil War – including several Confederate Generals!
Here are some things to know about how to make best-use of this site.
How often is this site updated?
BattleofFranklin.net is updated every day, meaning, we either add new content items to it or we update existing ones. It is by far the most comprehensive web site related to the Battle of Franklin, and even middle TN, on the Internet. There are hundreds of content items already archived on this site, easily accessible through our search tool.
Is this site reliable?
Not only do I have 25 years experience in researching, writing and studying the Civil War; but I am assembling a world-class council of advisors to help insure the quality of the content. Any factual errors or mis-statements are solely the publishers fault, not the advisors.
What is my personal agenda or bias?
What personal agenda, bias, or perspective will you find on this site? I’ll be straight up with you. This is NOT a site that neo-Confederates will find to their liking. The content on this site does not espouse a belief in the Lost Cause nor do I believe the South should rise again. There are plenty of sites out there like that. If that’s your bag, have at it.
What can one expect from this site?
What you will find on the BattleofFranklin.net is a serious discussion, interpretation, and presentation of the issues in a fair and balanced way. We find points of contention on both sides, Federal and Rebel. Neither side escaped from this war with clean hands, much less a clear conscience. We do employ humor, satire and strive for a modest level of entertainment at times, but the overall spirit and intent of this site is to engage and stimulate a serious discussion and look at the period we know in history as the American Civil War (1861 – 1865).
Now, how do you make most of what is on this site?
Start with the main pages.
- If you want to know more about me, the publisher, and my personal interests then start here.
- To access an interactive Google map of the Battle of Franklin then visit this page. It is always in process. Static maps are also found here.
- If you need to just up to speed on what we call “101 stuff” about the battle of Franklin then start here.
- There are a lot of video excerpts on the site, usually 1-3 minute clips, from various historians, experts, enthusiasts, etc. They are all accessible from YouTube and can be quickly found on this page.
- We love to receive comments, suggestions and feedback from our readers. We welcome you to get involved and participate in the discussion.
How is the site basically organized and structured?
- The left vertical column is our main navigational tool. You will find banners to click on that take you to internal content sections on the site.
- The five most recent posts are found on the left nav or you can click on the archives links by a given month to see what we’ve loaded up. And, you can always do a keyword search using the tool in the top left part of the site.
- The categories list on the far left nav is very useful. For example, to find out everything on this site we have categorized under “John Bell Hood” just click on his name in the category list.
What are the most common or popular subjects that people access on the site?
- John and Carrie McGavock | Carnton | The McGavock Confederate Cemetery
- Gen John Bell Hood
- General Patrick Cleburne
- Battle action and detail | Carter House & Farm | Cotton gin | Maps
- Our videos
- Basic “101 stuff“
- Authentic letters
- Can I help create content for the site?
Yes. You can offer to author a content piece (post) if you like. It can and will be edited if needed.
- How do I email the publisher?
tellinghistory [at] yahoo.com
- How much traffic do we get a month?
Right now (Jan 20011) we get around 15,000 accesses a month.
- Is this site officially affiliated with an existing group or organization?
No. We network and appreciate many fine organizations out there but are NOT formally associated with any.
- Where do you get your contemporary photographs?
Unless otherwise noted, all photos are taken by the publisher. We do permit use of our photos with proper citation under the photo (for example: photo courtesy of the BattleofFranklin.net web site).