Pearl Bransford

First of all, the Civil War is a stain on our country.

Over 3 million people were enslaved and were used as an unpaid, dehumanized workforce for plantation owners of the South.

Black men, women, families and children were systematically bought, sold, traded and passed down to the next generation as personal property.

When this way of life was questioned and not allowed to spread, that caused many individuals in slave-trading and the slave-use states to push back. This push back is explained in many households by saying the "federal government" was trying to tell states what they could or could not do, couched in the term, "States Rights."

The push-back led to the Civil War.

Many young, poor, uneducated, non-plantation owner southern white-males along with their elite counterparts were summoned to join the Confederate Army to protect their way of life.

On the other hand, President Abraham Lincoln summoned the "Federalist Army" i.e. Union Army to preserve the Union, the United States of America.

Fast forward ... The Confederation of Southern States succeeded from the Union, fought a bloody war that led to the defeat of the Confederate Army and the loss of many lives, black, white, northerners, southerners, young and old. The United States of America and the Constitution survived.

In my opinion, Franklin is now doing an ok job highlighting the Civil War history that occurred right here in our yards and backyards. I walk or drive neighborhoods and streets every day in Franklin, Tennessee where brave men on both side died for a cause they believed in.

I also think we now have a great opportunity to tell that full story of this dark period of history. We get in trouble when we only tell one side of our Civil War history.

Hate can stem from a lack of knowledge, not having the full story and not valuing human life.

How many adults will say today, "they did not teach me that in school. I did not know that General did that. I did not know that over 300 local known Williamson County slaves ran away and fought with the Union Army.”

Let's be truthful in our teachings. I have learned from the research done by some local historians that challenged what we do not see in our history books.

Thank you Mr. Jacobson and Mrs. Jones.

Chip that stands on Franklin's square represents a generic confederate soldier that fought and died in the Civil War.

Four Union cannons on Franklin's square represent the brave Federalist Soldiers that gave their lives for the Union.

Should the Cannons and Chip be placed in another location? That's a discussion for Daughters of the Confederacy, City of Franklin and others to have in a calm and intellectual setting. I have no doubt that date will occur. 

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Larry Langteau

Thank you, Pearl for a very thoughtful statement.
Your heart is definitely in the right place.

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