Another cannon was delivered Friday and situated as it would have been 153 years ago when Carter Hill Battlefield Park was the site of bloody fighting in the Battle of Franklin on Nov. 30, 1864.
A replica 12-pounder Napoleon cannon made the trip from Woodstock, Ga., — where it was constructed by Historical Ordnance Works — and was added to the park off Columbia Pike in Franklin to join the three 3-inch Ordnance rifles that were just dedicated last month.
Cullen Smith, chairman of the Franklin’s Charge cannon committee, waited with workers from the Franklin City Parks department to unload the cannon and place it in the approximate position where soldiers from the 6th Ohio battery had it to fire at charging Confederates. It was situated, along with another 12-pounder Napoleon, just in front of what was then the Carter cotton gin.
“The carriage was cast in heavy-duty aircraft aluminum, so it will last a long, long time,” Smith said of the replica.
The addition of the cannons is just part of the expansion that continues in the telling and showing of the Battle of Franklin. Just this week, the Carter House farm office was officially opened with a dedication and tour of the bullet-riddled structure.
“To place these cannons as they were during the battle is a huge step in interpreting the action of the battle," Battle of Franklin Trust CEO Eric A. Jacobson said in a news release earlier this fall. "Federal artillery pieces played a devastating role in the outcome of this fight.”
The Battle of Franklin Trust operates and manages Carnton and The Carter House.
To date, more than 20 acres make up Carter Hill Battlefield Park, which continues to expand and contribute to the economic impact of heritage tourism in Williamson County. Last year, local and national preservation partners closed on a land transaction that resulted in the creation of this city battlefield park along Columbia Avenue in downtown Franklin.
The Civil War Trust, The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, The Battle of Franklin Trust and Franklin’s Charge Inc. transferred acres of property to the city of Franklin that were converted into a public battlefield park near The Carter House, a national landmark site.
“I remember visiting battlefields as a kid and climbing on cannons and wondering about it all," Smith said earlier this fall. "Now Franklin’s story will be more complete with the addition of these incredible artillery pieces. We’re looking forward to making this display a reality for the city of Franklin.”