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

Freeman's Battery, Forrest's Artillery

 
 
Freeman's Battery, Forrest's Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 2007
1. Freeman's Battery, Forrest's Artillery Marker
Inscription.  Front: Dedicated to Freeman’s Battery, Forrest’s Artillery and Samuel L. Freeman, Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s first artillery captain. The battery was captured on the Lewisburg Pike near Franklin, TN, April 10, 1863

Rear: While advancing toward Franklin, TN on the Lewisburg Pike, April 10, 1863, General N.B. Forrest’s command was attacked by the 4th U.S. Regulars. Forrest’s regiments were widely separated and Captain Samuel L. Freeman’s isolated battery was the focus of the charge. Freeman ordered the battery into action, injuring his knee while placing the guns. A primer failed and the enemy captured the battery and 31 men. Hearing the gunfire, Forrest rushed towards the battery’s position. After cutting the guns down, the Federals, fearing Forrest’s vengeance, ordered the captured artillerymen to run or be shot. The battery doctor could not keep up with the retreating Yankees and was shot in the hand as he tried to protect his face. Unable to run, the unarmed and injured Freeman was shot in the mouth, killing him instantly. The promising young teacher, law student, and Forrest’s first artillery captain had been murdered. Captain
Freeman's Battery, Forrest's Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 16, 2019
2. Freeman's Battery, Forrest's Artillery Marker
Reverse side
Freeman was buried in Springhill, TN April 11, 1863. Gen. Forrest never gave quarter to the 4th U.S. Cavalry in future engagements.
Of Capt. Freeman, Forrest said, Brave man, none braver. Years after the war, one of the battery’s cannoneers stated, We always held to the name of Freeman.

Erected by Freeman’s Battery, Forrest’s Artillery Camp 1939, Sons of Confederate Veterans
November 30, 2003
 
Erected 2003 by Freeman’s Battery, Forrest’s Artillery Camp 1939, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
 
Location. 35° 53.317′ N, 86° 52.674′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Tennessee, in Williamson County. Marker is on Columbia Avenue (U.S. 31) 0.2 miles south of Mack C. Hatcher Memorial Parkway (Tennessee Route 397), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. One of several memorial/commemorative markers within Winstead Hill Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4023 Columbia Ave, Franklin TN 37064, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tennessee, A Grave or a Free Home (a few steps from this marker); Hood and Schofield (a few steps from this marker); Mississippi (a few steps from this marker); Brigadier's Walk (within shouting distance of this marker); Cockrell's Missouri Brigade CSA
3" Ordinance Rifle image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 2007
3. 3" Ordinance Rifle
A nearby artillery piece.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Winstead Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Major General Patrick R. Cleburne CSA (within shouting distance of this marker); 3" Ordinance Gun (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 22, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 178 times since then and 43 times this year. Last updated on June 26, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos:   1. submitted on May 22, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   2. submitted on June 28, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   3. submitted on May 22, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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