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

The Cotton Gin Assault

 
 
The Cotton Gin Assault Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 27, 2012
1. The Cotton Gin Assault Marker
Inscription.  

Into this area rushed elements of four Confederate divisions on November 30, 1864 as they assaulted the Federal lines near the Carter cotton gin. Crossed largely by troops from Maj. Gen. Patrick Cleburne’s Division, the area was flooded by men from Maj. Gen. Samuel French’s Division, and some from Maj. Gen. John Brown’s and Maj. Gen. Edward Walthall’s division. The Southern troops charged forward, crashing into the section of the Federal line between Columbia Pike and the gin held by Brig. Gen. James Reilly’s Brigade. Two pieces of Ohio artillery just to the north, near the cotton gin, inflicted horrific Confederate losses. Yet the assault led by Cleburne’s troops broke the Federal line and vicious hand-to-hand fighting erupted.

Southern troops from Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, and Alabama poured through this area to battle their Federal opponents who hailed from Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, and even Tennessee. The power of the Southern assault caused the 100th Ohio and some of the 104th Ohio to abandon their positions and four pieces of Kentucky artillery were captured by the Confederates. However, a countercharge
The Cotton Gin Assault Marker reverse image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 27, 2012
2. The Cotton Gin Assault Marker reverse
led by the 12th Kentucky, 16th Kentucky, 175th Ohio, 8th Tennessee, 44th Illinois, and 74th/88th Illinois retook the artillery and forced the Confederates back. When the Battle of Franklin ended perhaps as many as 9,500 men were killed, wounded, missing, or captured.
 
Erected 2006 by City of Franklin Tennessee.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 35° 54.924′ N, 86° 52.389′ W. Marker was in Franklin, Tennessee, in Williamson County. Marker was on Cleburne Street. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Franklin TN 37064, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. The Carter Farm (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Carter Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Carter Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Carter Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Carter Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Carter's Cotton Gin (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Carter Gin House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Carter Farm (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
 
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The Cotton Gin Assault Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 27, 2012
3. The Cotton Gin Assault Marker
War, US Civil
 
The Cotton Gin Assault Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 27, 2012
4. The Cotton Gin Assault Marker
The Cotton Gin Assault Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 27, 2012
5. The Cotton Gin Assault Marker
The Cotton Gin Assault Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 27, 2012
6. The Cotton Gin Assault Marker
The Cotton Gin Assault Marker former site image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 16, 2019
7. The Cotton Gin Assault Marker former site
The marker was located near the road opposite the Cleburne Memorial. The reason for its removal is unknown.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 3, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 625 times since then and 91 times this year. Last updated on July 28, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 3, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA.   7. submitted on July 28, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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