“101 Stuff”

I research and self-publish articles and content on the Battle of Franklin frequently. To access my existing resources in PDF format (free), please go to BattleofFranklin.info and you will be taken to my ScribD site.

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

  • December 2nd, 1864 – New York Times coverage
  • December 3rd, 1864 – New York Times coverage

Basic articles and some fun stuff thrown in

Authentic accounts from soldiers or civilians

Official Records, Reports, etc.

Maps

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