Franklin in Williamson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Battle of Franklin
Into the Twilight
November 30, 1864, was almost balmy here, with temperatures near 60 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees C) and with almost no wind. Desperate to break through the Federal lines straddling the Columbia Turnpike, Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood sent his 20,000 men forward at 4 pm. It took his brigades more than twenty minutes to cross the valley floor, and sunset came at 4:30, just as his first wave struck the Union center.
The initial volleys enveloped the line in thick, billowing smoke, and visibility immediately fell to a few feet. Adding to the chaos, many of the Confederate officers were killed or wounded in the first thirty minutes of direct contact, leading to considerable confusion. The fight continued well into the darkness, until about 9:00, and produced almost 10,000 killed, wounded, missing, and captured—a rate of almost one every two seconds. Much of the combat was hand-to-hand, a relatively rare event in an age of rifled muskets and long-range artillery.
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 54.342′ N, 86° 51.494′ 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 (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Franklin, Eastern Flank (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Standing at the Crossroads 1861 (about 300 feet away); Becoming the Front Line 1862 A Crucial War Zone 1863 (about 300 feet away); The Final Campaign 1864 (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named The Battle of Franklin (about 300 feet away); Hood's Retreat (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
Also see . . . Eastern Flank Battlefield Park. (Submitted on May 25, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 25, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 25, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.