Welcome to the BattleofFranklin.net web site. My name is Kraig McNutt [tellinghistory at yahoo dot com]. I’ve been blogging just on on Franklin now for over a decade and on the Civil War in general for over twenty years. This page focuses on the Battle of Franklin blog. To learn more about me visit this page.
The primary focus of this blog is the (second) Battle of Franklin which took place November 30, 1864. However, one will find attention on a variety of other fairly related topics like places: Columbia, Spring Hill, Nashville, Murfreesboro, and of course Maury and Williamson County, TN. I frequently post content related to important people that drove the Civil War Franklin story like John Bell Hood, John Schofield, Jacob Dolson Cox, Patrick Cleburne, General John Adams, as well as lesser known but colorful personality like local civilians, the common soldier, and even civic figures.
The First Decade (2006-2015) – Chasing the history of the Battle of Franklin
For the first 8-9 years I allowed the blog to follow the historic preservation story that unfolded from 2006-2015 primarily in Franklin. After all, a lot has been happening in Franklin and 2015 was the culmination of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. Starting in 2016, the beginning of my second decade blogging on Franklin, I am expanding beyond the five tragic hours at Franklin. As important as that is, I’ve published over 1,000 blogposts, hundreds of Facebook posts, etc., and new and fresh content is hard to come by after that much focus for ten years. I’ll still post articles and content on or about Franklin but I’m intentionally broadening my chase.
The Next Decade (2016 – ) – Chasing the Civil War history of the western theater
Starting in 2016 I’ve decided to chase the history of the Civil War and it’s impact in the western theater in general. My personal study and library is steeped in the western theater so it is fitting that my blogging and social media activities begin to reflect that more. As such, you will start to find posts that focus on a much wider geographic region. Look for content related to Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Begin looking for more coverage from soldiers from states like Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and of course Tennessee.
Basic summary of the Battle of Franklin:
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.