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Franklin in Williamson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Becoming the Front Line 1862

 
 
Becoming the Front Line 1862 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon Stahl, April 26, 2017
1. Becoming the Front Line 1862 Marker
Inscription.  "Throughout 1862 first one army would be encamped in town, then the Federals. Raids were frequent, then we would run down in our cellar to get out of the range of the bullets. Sometimes we would spend a whole night there. The quiet would go on for months, then fights in the town would break it up." - Adelicia McEwen

At the start of 1862, hopes for a short war were fading, yet many residents of Middle Tennessee believed that combat would remain mostly in Kentucky and Virginia. The illusions would not last. On January 19th, Union soldiers scored an overwhelming victory at the Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky, and started moving southward. Weeks later, Federal forces captured Forts Henry and Donelson in northwest Tennessee, and took Nashville soon after.

In early April, 20,000 Federal soldiers marched through Franklin, destined for the Battle of Shiloh 100 miles (160km) to the southwest. Ironically Shiloh is a hebrew word meaning "place of peace," but on April 6 and 7, the area witnessed the largest and costliest battle ever waged in North America up to that time. Over 19,000 Americans were killed or wounded in two days (including
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eighty from Williamson County), and larger battles were on the horizon.
 
Erected by Franklin's Charge.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is January 19, 1862.
 
Location. 35° 54.298′ N, 86° 51.519′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Tennessee, in Williamson County. Marker is on Eastern Flank Circle, 0.4 miles south of Lewisburg Pike (Business U.S. 431), on the right when traveling west. Located in Eastern Flank Battlefield Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin TN 37064, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Crucial War Zone 1863 (here, next to this marker); Standing at the Crossroads 1861 (here, next to this marker); The Final Campaign 1864 (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Franklin (here, next to this marker); Hood's Retreat (here, next to this marker); Battle of Franklin, Eastern Flank (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Franklin, Eastern Flank (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Franklin, Eastern Flank (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
 
Becoming the Front Line 1862 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon Stahl, April 26, 2017
2. Becoming the Front Line 1862 Marker
Adelicia McEwen image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon Stahl
3. Adelicia McEwen
Henry J. Walker, Jr. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon Stahl
4. Henry J. Walker, Jr.
Henry J. Walker, Jr. of Williamson County, died at the Battle of Shiloh
The Confederacy in 1862 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon Stahl
5. The Confederacy in 1862
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. This page has been viewed 329 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 10, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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