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Civil War History

2014 marks the year of the 150th anniverary of the Civil War's Battle of Franklin called the Sesquicentennial. CLICK HERE to learn more!

Franklin's Civil War history is alive and well, held in the walls, the stories and the landscape of this vibrant town. Tireless efforts continue to preserve and interpret the Battle of Franklin from the perspective of citizen and soldier alike and to educate all generations on the tragedy, triumph and rebirth of a devastating event that impacted the course of history in 1864.

  

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Battle of Franklin Driving Tour

The Civil War driving tour brochure is available at the Williamson County Visitor Center and describes important sites pertaining to the Battle of Franklin.

Battle of Franklin Driving Tour

BATTLE OF FRANKLIN DRIVING TOUR

400 Main Street
Suite 130
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: (615) 591-8514
Battle of Franklin Walking Tour

This Battle of Franklin walking tour will take guests to at least seven different locations on the battlefield. Tour guides will focus on many elements of the Battle, explaining why it occurred, the arrival of Federal and Confederate armies, and the details of what became known as one of the greatest single assaults of the entire Civil War. The... MORE >>

Battle of Franklin Walking Tour

BATTLE OF FRANKLIN WALKING TOUR

1345 Eastern Flank Circle
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: (615) 794-0903
Carnton Plantation

Carnton, home of Carrie and John McGavock, served as the largest Confederate field hospital following the Battle of Franklin, fought in 1864. Robert Hicks immortalized Carrie McGavock in his New York Times bestseller The Widow of the South. The McGavock Confederate Cemetery is on site, as well as fully restored garden and slave quarters. Value... MORE >>

Carnton Plantation

CARNTON PLANTATION

1345 Eastern Flank Circle
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: (615) 794-0903
Carter House

The Carter House, built in 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter, was caught in the midst of the Battle of Franklin fought on November 30, 1864.  Capt. Tod Carter, who grew up in the house, was involved in the battle and mortally wounded.  The house and outbuildings show obvious battle damage and the site serves as a memorial to the Carter family and both... MORE >>

Carter House

CARTER HOUSE

1140 Columbia Avenue
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: (615) 791-1861
Civil War Tour

The Civil War in Franklin Guided Walking Tour offers a glimpse of civilians in Franklin who experienced want and need as well as heartbreak and loss during the entire Civil War era. Ordinary folks found themselves embroiled in a conflict that no one could have imagined. Some of the people you will meet include Dr. John Park, who was ordered to... MORE >>

Civil War Tour

CIVIL WAR TOUR

305 Public Square
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: (615) 400-3808
Fort Granger

Fort Granger, built in 1862 by Union troops as afederal post and signaling station, is accessible by short hike fromFranklin's Pinkerton Park. A walking trail leads to an overlook of the south part of the city. Surrounding the perimeter of the site are trenches dug by Civil WarTroops.

Fort Granger

FORT GRANGER

405 Murfreesboro Road
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: (615) 794-2103
Ghosts of the Battlefield Tour

Ghosts of the Battlefield Tour takes you inside the Lotz House, the historic house museum where visitors will view this beautifully restored 1858 "show house" while hearing stories of bloodshed and destruction... and unexplained phenomena. When lives are cut short, sometimes spirits remain. That might be what happened here. The Lotz house was in... MORE >>

Ghosts of the Battlefield Tour

GHOSTS OF THE BATTLEFIELD TOUR

1111 Columbia Avenue
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: (615) 400-3808
Gray Line's Civil War: Battle of Franklin Tour

Gray Line offers a guided bus tour called "The Civil War: Battle of Franklin" that includes tours of Carter House and Carnton Plantation. The tour also includes time for shopping and dining in historic downtown Franklin. Tour lasts approximately 6 hours. Available April through November. Contact Gray Line for reservations and boarding locations. Tour admission charged.

Gray Line's Civil War: Battle of Franklin Tour

GRAY LINE'S CIVIL WAR: BATTLE OF FRANKLIN TOUR

2416 Music Valley Drive #102
Nashville, TN 37214
Phone: (615) 883-5555
Tollfree: (800) 251-1864
Tennessee Civil War Trails

The Tennessee Civil War Trails is a self-guided driving tour with interpretive markers of significant Civil War sites and trailblazer signs throughout the state including the Franklin area. This section of the trail interprets a critical phase of General John Bell Hood's 1864 campaign to regain control of the state. Visit our website for more information.

Tennessee Civil War Trails

TENNESSEE CIVIL WAR TRAILS

400 Main Street
Suite 120
Franklin, TN 37064
Thomas Cartwright's Battlefield Tour

Thomas Y. Cartwright, one of the nation’s leading authorities on the Battle of Franklin, is offering personalized walking tours of the Battlefield from the Lotz House.  You’ve seen him on the History Channel, and now he can be your personal tour guide as you walk with him over the battlefield and hear the stories of some of the... MORE >>

Thomas Cartwright's Battlefield Tour

THOMAS CARTWRIGHT'S BATTLEFIELD TOUR

1111 Columbia Avenue
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: (615) 790-7190
Time Capsule Ministries

Time Capsule Ministries recreates historical sermons from the 19th century for the purpose of engaging audiences with inspiring messages that not only entertain through dramatic reenactments, but are inviting to those who might not attend a traditional church service. Rev. Alan Corry of Franklin, dressed in period attire, takes audiences back in... MORE >>

Time Capsule Ministries

TIME CAPSULE MINISTRIES

Main Street
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: (615) 945-7500
Williamson County Archives Museum

Williamson County Archives serves as a repository for all official records of Williamson County though its treasures extend well beyond that as seen in the Archives Museum. The growing collection includes such items as vintage clothing, quilts, furniture, photos, paintings, military uniforms, knick-knacks, a moonshine still and more. Open... MORE >>

Williamson County Archives Museum

WILLIAMSON COUNTY ARCHIVES MUSEUM

Main Street & Columbia Avenue
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: (615) 790-5462
Winstead Hill Park

Winstead Hill Park is located south of Mack Hatcher Pkwy on Columbia Avenue. It is a 61-acre historic battle site with a 3/4 mile walking trail and restrooms. Winstead Hill was the vantage point from which General John BellHood observed his advancing Confederate troops.

Winstead Hill Park

WINSTEAD HILL PARK

4023 Columbia Avenue
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: (615) 794-2103

  


ANIMATED MAP OF THE BATTLE OF FRANKLIN

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The Civil War Preservation Trust has an animated map of the Battle of Franklin. It's a great way to interpret the battle for the novice or the seasoned history buff. The map is sectioned into four segments: Hood Invades Tennessee, The Affair at Spring Hill, The Battle of Franklin and Preservation of the Battlefield.

 

The Sesquicentennial 150th Anniversary of the Civil War

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Join us, along with the State of Tennessee, in commemorating the Sesquicentennial 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Explore the rich history that tells of the division between Tennessee's Unionists and Confederates that shaped the war experience. Tennessee's location, river and rail paths, industries and famlands all combined to make it a crucial state for either side. More than 1,462 battles, at least one fought in each of the 95 counties, brought destruction to the landscape.