Franklin in Williamson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Battle of Franklin, Eastern Flank
Casualties in Perspective
In both battles, there is still no “final” casualty count, largely because both engagements were part of massive and continuing campaigns. At Franklin as well as in France, many officers in charge of tracking losses were themselves kill in combat. Records were damaged or misplaced. Reports were often incomplete. As a result, it may never be known exactly how many fell on either side.
Most of those listed as “missing” at Franklin were actually prisoners of war. At the time, there was no formal requirement to provide names and numbers of opponents captured in battle. During World War II, the Geneva Convention of 1929 required each side to report all prisoners in its possession. On D-Day, few Americans were captured, and a large proportion of the missing men had drowned off the beaches of Normandy. In both battles, there were many instance where artillery and other weapons simply destroyed bodies beyond any hope of identification.
When American soldiers disembarked from landing craft onto Omaha Beach (shown here) and Utah beach on June
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 54.344′ N, 86° 51.609′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Tennessee, in Williamson County. Marker can be reached from Eastern Flank Circle 0.4 miles south of Lewsiburg Pike (Business U.S. 431), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is 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. A Dream Postponed (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Reunions at McGavock's Grove (a few steps from this marker); The Long Road to Recovery (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Franklin, Eastern Flank (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Franklin, Aftermath Battle of Franklin, Eastern Flank (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battle of Franklin, Eastern Flank (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Franklin (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
Categories. • War, US Civil • War, World II •
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