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Free battlefield walking tour at Lorings Advance Oct. 12

The general public is invited to a special tour of the 5-acre battlefield parcel of Lorings Advance led by Eric Jacobson on Saturday Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. This important part of the Franklin Battlefield is being protected with funds from the Civil War Trust, the National Parks system, and STFB. Few Civil War enthusiasts have seen this open ground in the middle of Franklin because it has been landlocked for years and has no public access as of yet.
 
The Lorings Advance property is open to the public only when we schedule a special tour like this. We are certain that those who have closely followed the many preservation efforts here in Franklin will be thrilled to finally view the important terrain of this open 5 acres, and will quickly see how it can add to our collective understanding of the Battle of Franklin.
 
Eric Jacobson, Executive Director of the Battle of Franklin Trust, will lead the tour. He has authored For Cause and Country: A study of the Affair At Spring Hill & the Battle of Franklin and Baptism of Fire – The 44th Missouri, 175th Ohio, and 183rd Ohio at the Battle of Franklin among other books. With his extensive research of the eastern flank battlefield, he will tell of the determined and heroic soldiers, mostly of Loring’s and Walthall’s divisions, who crossed this ground under punishing fire to reach the Federal trench line. Maps will be provided.
 
Our Annual Meeting speaker, Brian Allison, also plans to speak on Quarles’ Brigade of Walthall’s Division so the Loring’s Advance tour gives you an opportunity to see where Quarles’ attack occurred on the battlefield.
 
Directions - From downtown Franklin, go south on Columbia Avenue. Just past the Carter House, turn left on Cleburne St, right on Adams St, then left on Meadowlawn Drive. 
 
Parking - Please remember that we will have to cross private property to reach the Lorings Advance parcel, and we do so only with special permission beforehand. If you park on Adams Street, you can walk to the tour using the driveway at 1319 Adams. We also have arranged permission to park at the Williamson County Insulation Company at the east end of Meadowlawn Drive and to use a gate behind 319 Meadowlawn (red house) just across the street.
 

Posted on: 10/11/2013

 
 

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