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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 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 Rebel soldiers are buried in McGavock Confederate Cemetery, just in view of the Carnton house.
Here are some links to content on our web site we refer to as “101 Stuff,” meaning very basic stuff to read and know so you’re generally literate on the Battle of Franklin (November 30, 1864):
Newspaper coverage of the Day
Basic articles and some fun stuff thrown in
- So what is the Battle of Franklin and why should you care?
- What is the McGavock Confederate Cemetery and why is it important?
- How many soldiers are buried at McGavock; how many are identified; and how is the cemetery designed?
- The Battle of Franklin was fought mostly at night
- From mystery to history: what happened to CSA Gen Patrick R. Cleburne’s “lost pistol”?
- Gen John Bell Hood’s (C.S.A.) headquarters just prior to the assault
- 20th TN, CSA, Todd Carter is mortally wounded on his own farm
- 6th Texas Infantry (CSA), surgeon’s kit, probably used at Franklin
Authentic accounts from soldiers or civilians
- 104th Ohio Federal soldiers describes firing at Confederates at Franklin
- 64th Ohio soldier writes about the battle, Dec 21, 1864
- Sight of massed troop formations marching across open ground . .
- Dec 5th letter from a North Carolina Cavalry officer
- A Sketch of the Battle of Franklin, Tenn.; By John M. Copley, 1893. 49th TN, C.S.A.
- Burial of the soldiers immediately after the Battle?
- Major of 24th Texas writes father of 10th Texas (son), announcing his death at Franklin
- Letter of John R. Miller (Union), detailing Battle of Franklin
- Letter to widow of CSA soldier, 33rd MS., killed at Franklin
- 30th Georgia letter details Battle action
- Pleasant Hope, 46th TN, writes his daughter, April 25th, 1864, dies at Franklin six months later
- “Reminiscences of an Old 63rd, Ind., Soldier” By Isaac C. Clark, writes of the capture of the 33rd MS flag
Official Records, Reports, etc.
- Confederate Order of Battle, Franklin, TN (November 30, 1864), Army of Tennessee, General John Bell Hood, commanding
- Union Order of Battle, Franklin, TN (November 30, 1864), Fourth and Twenty-Fourth Army Corps, 4th Corps commanded by BG Thomas J. Wood. 23rd Corps commanded by MG John M. Schofield.
- Captain W.O. Dodd, Reminicences Of Hood’s Tennessee Campaign.
- (C.S.A.) Major-General C.H. Steven’s official after-battle report of the battle of Franklin
- (C.S.A.) S.D. Lee’s official after-battle report of the battle of Franklin
- Col. Israel B. Stiles’s Official Report, 63rd Indiana (union left flank)
- Report of Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas, U.S. Army – Battle of Franklin
- Report of Commanding General, C.S. Army, John Bell Hood’s Official Report