The Battle of Franklin Trust, which last year acquired four replica artillery pieces similar to those used in the Battle of Franklin, is trying to raise $12,500 for a replica “limber wagon,” the ammunition carrier that accompanied the guns.
The money would also pay for more interpretive signs describing the action and equipment in the battle. The Tennessee Civil War Heritage Area would match the $12,500, for a total of $25,000 to cover the installation and signs at Carter Hill Park.
Battle of Franklin Trust CEO Eric Jacobson noted that an authentic limber chest recovered from the battlefield by Moscow Carter is on display at the Carter House.
Jacobson said the signs would describe the fighting that raged across the ground east of Columbia Pike. One of the signs will detail the 1st Kentucky Battery and will allow guests to better understand the practical role of artillery and how the Kentuckians were caught up in the bedlam of fighting. Another marker will provide more details about the Confederate breakthrough, another explaining the Federal counterattack, and finally one which will tell guests about the combat that exploded around the Carter’s cotton gin.
The Battle of Franklin Trust has approached a group of fifty dedicated supporters of the Battle of Franklin story and is seeking $250 from each of them.
The organization hopes to raise the money and arrange the matching funds so that the limber wagon and four signs will be in place by the spring of 2019.
“If we are lucky, we might even sneak them in by Nov. 30, 2018,” Jacobson said in his appeal.
The Battle of Franklin Trust is accepting online donations for this and other key projects HERE.