Franklin in Williamson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Battle of Franklin, Eastern Flank
The Average Soldier
The average soldier was in his mid-twenties, stood about 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 meters) tall, and weighed about 145 pounds. The threadbare Confederates at Franklin likely weighed less, as they had just finished a long wintery trek from Alabama on limited rations. Some famished men later recalled eating pumpkins on their way here, as frigid rains and snow sapped their reserves. In contrast, the Federal supply system was far more reliable, but the Union solders also had to race here from Georgia and elsewhere, trudging as many as 20 miles (32 km) per day.
Few soldiers had more than six years of formal education. About 90 percent of Northern men could read and write, as could 80 percent of Southern soldiers. Although the average soldier lived in an age of immigration, he was likely born in America. Less than 5 percent of Confederates came from overseas. About a fourth of Northern soldiers were foreign-born, mostly of Irish, German, or Scandinavian origins.
Unquestionably, he served in a geographically broad-based army. The Unionís Army of the Cumberland hailed most
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 54.46′ N, 86° 51.677′ 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. Located in Eastern Flank Battlefield Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1368 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 different marker also named Battle of Franklin (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battle of Franklin, Eastern Flank (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Franklin, Eastern Flank (about 500 feet away); Battle of Franklin, Aftermath (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Franklin, Eastern Flank (about 600 feet away); A Dream Postponed (about 800 feet away); Confederate Reunions at McGavock's Grove (about 800 feet away); The Long Road to Recovery (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
Also see . . . Eastern Flank Battlefield Park. (Submitted on May 24, 2017.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 23, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. This page has been viewed 116 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 23, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.