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Jacobson appointed as Battle of Franklin Trust's CEO

The Battle of Franklin Trust has appointed longtime employee Eric A. Jacobson as its Chief Executive Officer this week, announced Trust Chairman of the Board Marianne Schroer. 

Jacobson, previously the Trust’s Chief Operating Officer, has been with the organization since 2006. He oversees operations of The Carter House and Carnton Plantation and is a renowned Civil War historian, preservationist and author.

“This was a unanimous decision from the board,” said Schroer. “Eric has been a champion for the mission of the Trust for many years. He is completely dedicated to preserving and maintaining our historic sites and spreading a greater understanding of the Battle of Franklin. He does a remarkable job and we look forward to many great years under his leadership.”

The announcement of Jacobson’s appointment comes at the beginning of a historic year for the organization, the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin. The sesquicentennial of the battle will be commemorated throughout the year at both sites.

Schroer added, “Eric’s guiding hand has led the Trust to record attendance and national recognition. He is truly a visionary and we look forward to continued growth in our charitable and educational missions.”

In addition to his work with the Trust, Jacobson has authored three books, “For Cause & For Country,” “The McGavock Confederate Cemetery,” and “Baptism of Fire.” He will be partaking in a free lecture titled “1864 - The Pivotal Year of the Civil War,” with historian Thomas Flagel on March 6 at 6 p.m. at Carnton Plantation’s Fleming Center. No reservations are necessary and the event is free and open to the public.

Eric A. Jacobson

Eric Jacobson has been a student of the American Civil War since the mid-1980s. He has authored three books, “For Cause & For Country,” “The McGavock Confederate Cemetery,” and “Baptism of Fire.” Jacobson has a deep interest in elevating the stories about Spring Hill and Franklin to their appropriate place in history. For many years he has assisted a variety of organizations, from Franklin's Charge to the Civil War Trust, in their efforts to preserve and reclaim critical portions of both battlefields, which are so crucial to a greater understanding of the men who fought there in 1864. Eric is the Chief Operating Officer and Historian for the Battle of Franklin Trust and works in the historic Franklin community, and nearly every day he walks the hallowed ground on which so many Federal and Confederate soldiers so valiantly struggled. His interpretive and preservation efforts at Carnton Plantation and The Carter House, in particular, have been extensive. He lives in Spring Hill with his wife, Nancy, and their two daughters.

The Battle of Franklin Trust is a 501 (c) 3 management corporation acting on behalf of Franklin’s battlefield sites to contribute to a greater understanding and enrich the visitor experience of the November 30, 1864 battle. It’s organized for the charitable and educational purposes of preserving, restoring, maintaining and interpreting the properties, artifacts and documents related to the battle so as to preserve an important part of the nation’s history.

Posted on: 2/14/2014


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