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Community events mark anniversary of the Battle of Franklin

Lotz House
To honor the 10,000 American casualties of the Battle of Franklin, the American Red Cross is partnering with the Lotz House to host a blood drive on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
For more information about the blood drive or to make an appointment, email J.T. Thompson at; call 1-800-red cross or visit and enter response code lotz19.
Carter House
To commemorate the anniversary of the battle, Eric A. Jacobson will lead 90-minute battlefield tours on Nov. 29 and 30. Space is still available for the Nov. 29, 3 p.m. tour and the Nov. 30, tour at 8 a.m. 
Jacobsen, will offer his book For Cause and Country: A Study of the Affair at Spring Hill and the Battle of Franklin at a 50 percent discount to those attending a tour.
All tours begin at the Carter House visitor center and will focus on the Battle of Franklin, and the fateful events at Spring Hill the day before. 
The 149th Anniversary Battlefield Walking Tours are $35 per person and reservations are required. For reservations, contact Leigh Bawcom at (615) 794-0903 or
Carnton Plantation
The Battle of Franklin Illumination Ceremony will take place at Carnton Plantation on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m. 
Some 10,000 luminaries will be on display to commemorate the approximately 10,000 casualties inflicted during the battle. 
The brief ceremony will last approximately 15 minutes. Carnton Plantation and The Carter House will be extending their usual hours so that guests can enjoy walk through tour until 7 p.m. After the ceremony, there will be no admission for the walk through tours but donations will gladly be accepted.
Volunteers from the community are being recruited to paint the illumination grid on Friday, Nov. 29 beginning at 10 a.m., to setup luminaries on Saturday, Nov. 30 beginning at 1 p.m. and for cleanup after the ceremony. Dinner will be provided for all volunteers in Fleming Hall at Carnton Plantation after cleanup is completed.
For information about volunteering call Leigh Bawcom at 794-0903 or email
Downtown Franklin Battlefield Tour
Historians Thomas Y. Cartwright and John Marler will provide a walking battlefield tour Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The tour will focus on the common soldier—both blue and gray—with Cartwright presenting the Confederate soldier’s perspective and Marler the Federal viewpoint.
At the beginning of the tour, participants will receive a dog tag representing an actual soldier who fought in the battle. During the tour Cartwright and Marler will reveal the fate of those soldiers. Guests will also receive a battlefield map and a continental breakfast. 
The tour will begin at the Lotz House and is limited to 50 guests. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information or to make reservations, call 790-7190 or email Cartwright at
149th anniversary Battle of Franklin march to the Carter House 
Sons of Confederate Veterans Sam Davis Camp #1293 will assemble on Winstead Hill and begin their march northward on Columbia Avenue to the Carter House at 4 p.m.
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Fort Donelson Camp # 62, will begin their 1.1-mile march from the Fort Granger marker in Pinkerton Park to the Carter House. 
Reenactors in their respective uniforms will lead with families and friends joining. Franklin Police Department will provide an escort.

Posted on: 11/28/2013


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