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

Opdycke's Bridgade

 
 
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By Michael Dover, October 8, 2010
1. Opdycke's Bridgade Marker
Inscription. Col. Emerson Opdycke's Federal brigade was positioned in this area 150 yards north of the Carter House, east and west of Columbia Pike. Without orders, the Federal brigade attacked a portion of Cleburne's and Brown's Confederate divisions after they had broken the center of the Federal line. The forces met like "two enormous ocean waves crashing together." In vicious fighting, Opdycke's brigade recaptured the line south of the Carter smokehouse and farm office. Repeated attempts failed to recapture a portion of the main line held by the Confederates. Maj. Arthur MacArthur, of the 24th Wisconsin (father of World War II Gen. Douglas MacArthur) went down with severe wounds. Also involved were the 125th Ohio and th 36th, 44th, 73rd, and 74th/88th Illinois.
 
Erected by Williamson County Historical Society.
 
Location. 35° 55.049′ N, 86° 52.394′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Tennessee, in Williamson County. Marker is on Columbia Avenue (U.S. 31), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. 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. Epicenter of the Battle of Franklin (within shouting distance of this marker); Carter House (within shouting distance of this marker); Lotz House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Lotz House (within shouting distance of this marker); Cleburne’s Division (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bate's Division (about 400 feet away); Brown's Division (about 400 feet away); Captain Theodrick (Tod) Carter (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
 
Also see . . .  Carter House The Battle of Franklin. (Submitted on February 6, 2011, by Michael Dover of Ellerslie, Georgia.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 6, 2011, by Michael Dover of Ellerslie, Georgia. This page has been viewed 608 times since then and 36 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on February 6, 2011, by Michael Dover of Ellerslie, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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