Franklin in Williamson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Becoming the Front Line 1862
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 eighty from Williamson County), and larger battles were on the horizon.
Erected by Franklin's Charge.
Location. Touch for map. Located in Eastern Flank Battlefield Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin TN 37064, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Standing at the Crossroads 1861 (here, next to this marker); A Crucial War Zone 1863 (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.
Also see . . . Eastern Flank Battlefield Park. (Submitted on May 11, 2017.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 10, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. This page has been viewed 71 times since then. 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.