Event marks the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin

10,000 luminaries will be lit on November 30 to commemorate the fallen at the Battle of Franklin – one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War. {Photo Courtesy of Carton}

EVENTS | Franklin — It was the battle that led to the end of the American Civil War. Over 10,000 men – both Confederate and Union – fell in a bloody battle that was larger, longer, and deadlier than Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg. Fought on November 30, 1864, the battle nearly ended the Army of Tennessee and left six Confederate generals dead on the battlefield. Just four months later, Confederate General Robert E. Lee would surrender to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia.

On Saturday, November 30, the Carnton History Museum and the Battle of Franklin Trust will host events to commemorate that historic day.

Two early morning battlefield tours will be led by Eric A. Jacobson and Olivia Munsch. The 5 a.m. tour will be a general battlefield tour while the 8 a.m. tour will focus on leadership from both Confederate and Union generals during the battle.

Both Carton and Carter House will be open that day for guided tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Select living history re-enactors will be present including Dennis Boggs as Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Naima Johnson-Bush performing Negro spirituals.

At dusk, organizers will light 10,000 luminaries – one for each fallen Confederate or Union soldier who died at the Battle of Franklin.

For more information about the event, visit their FB event page by clicking here. For more information about the Battle of Franklin, visit the American Battlefield Trust website. •

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