“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Franklin in Williamson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Retreat Action at Franklin

Retreat Action at Franklin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 2007
1. Retreat Action at Franklin Marker
Inscription. On Dec 17, 1864, perhaps the largest cavalry engagement on American soil took place along Franklin Pike and the Nashville & Decatur RR sweeping across what is now Harlinsdale farm. Maj Gen James H. Wilson’s US Cavalry Corps pursued Hood’s retreating rear guard of Brig Gen Abraham Buford’s CSA Cavalry Div. Their retreat was covered by CSA Brig Gen Randall Gibson’s 13th, 16th and 19th Louisiana Infantry. E.W. Pettus’ Brigade, and, posted along Franklin’s Front Street, H.M. Bledsoe’s Artillery Battery. On the Eastern flank, Fed. Brig Gen John H. Hammond's 1st Brigade US Cavalry, of Brig Gen Joseph Knipe’s 7th US Div, advanced under heavy fire across Liberty Pike near the railroad. Capt Volney Hobson, Co E, 9th Indiana Cavalry, was reportedly killed at the Liberty Pike railroad underpass.
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Erected by Williamson County Historical Society.
Location. 35° 55.764′ N, 86° 51.5′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Tennessee, in Williamson County. Marker is on Eddy Court 0.1 miles west of Eddy Lane, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Near the Nashville & Decatur RR underpass between Old Liberty Pike and Eddy Court. Marker is in this post office area: Franklin TN 37064, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Granger Federal Garrison (within shouting distance of this marker); Allen Manufacturing Company (approx. 0.3 miles away); John Price Buchanan (approx. 0.3 miles away); Riverview (approx. 0.4 miles away); Franklin Cotton Factory and Foundry / Lillie Mills (approx. half a mile away); Old Factory Store (approx. half a mile away); Original St. Philip Catholic Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); John H. Eaton (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on May 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 23, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 129 times since then and 36 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on May 23, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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