Franklin in Williamson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Caring for the Wounded
—Hood's Campaign —
The aftermath of the Battle of Franklin almost overwhelmed the population of fewer than 1,000 as the residents adapted many of the buildings in town to care for about 4,000 Union and Confederate wounded. Private residences, such as Carnton, became field hospitals even before the battle ended. Soon, scores of other dwellings, as well as businesses, stables, barns, and churches, took in thousands of broken bodies.
St. Paul's Church, which already had been used as a Union barracks, sheltered the Federal wounded who were abandoned when the army marched to Nashville. Near here, the Presbyterian church (on the same spot as the present building) also took in many of them.
U.S. Christian Commission agents arrived soon after the battle and helped the residents care for the wounded. As late as March 1865, forty-four buildings in and around town still served as hospitals, and patients remained here until mid-1865. One of the last to die was Confederate surgeon Fielding Sloan, on June 19, 1865. Union Col. Robert Bradshaw, wounded seven times, was among the last to leave in July 1865. "The men... had all been lying there during the two weeks [since the battle] ... on the bare floor. ... A sickening, poisonous atmosphere ... seemed to suffocate me. ... I hurried out without getting a chance to speak to anyone. ... The stench arising from the putrefying wounds was really unbearable." -W.A. Keesy, 64th Ohio Infantry, at a Franklin hospital.
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 55.419′ 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. Chickasaw Treaty Council (here, next to this marker); Andrew Jackson (a few steps from this marker); Williamson County (a few steps from this marker); St. Paul's Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); 432-438 Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Franklin Special School District (within shouting distance of this marker); 430 Main Street (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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