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

Battle of Franklin, Eastern Flank

Shells from Fort Granger

 
 
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By Brandon Stahl
1. Battle of Franklin, Eastern Flank Marker
Inscription. About one mile (1.6 km) directly north of you stands Fort Granger, a large earthen fortification that provided the Union army a commanding view over much of this area. Built in the spring of 1863, Fort Granger sat on top of Figuers’ Bluff overlooking the Harpeth River and the town of Franklin. Its earthen walls encompassed twelve acres (24,000 square meters) and served as a main base of Union operations in the area through 1863. Small garrisons held the fort through 1864.

When Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood launched his 20,000-man assault here on November 30, 1864, solid shot and exploding shells fell in and around these fields and to your left. Col. Marcus D.L. Stephens, 31st Mississippi Infantry, reported that a single shell killed or maimed seven of his men just west of here.

Part of this deadly fire came from four 3-inch ordnance guns at the fort, manned by the artillerists of Battery D, 1st Ohio Light Artillery. Union commander Gen. John M. Schofield had posted the battery there just before the battle began. During the fight, the 1st Ohio’s gunners fired no fewer than 163 rounds, inflicting most of their damage on the Confederate infantry traversing the Nashville & Decatur Railroad bed about 660 yards (600 meters) to your left.
 
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails
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By Brandon Stahl
2. Battle of Franklin, Eastern Flank Marker
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Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 35° 54.557′ N, 86° 51.627′ 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, Eastern Flank (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Advancing With Scott's Brigade (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Advancing With Scott's Brigade (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Franklin, Eastern Flank (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Advancing With Scott's Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Franklin, Eastern Flank (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Franklin (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Franklin, Eastern Flank (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
 
Also see . . .
Three-inch Ordnance Guns image. Click for full size.
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3. Three-inch Ordnance Guns
Three-inch ordnance gun, a popular cannon with a range for slightly more than one mile.

1. Franklin Park System - Fort Granger. (Submitted on May 23, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia.)
2. Eastern Flank Battlefield Park. (Submitted on May 24, 2017.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
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Library of Congress
4. Fort Granger
Fort Granger, today part of the Franklin Parks system and accessible to the public
 
 
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 68 times since then. 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.
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