Battlefield ceremonies will flank Columbia Pike today


Battlefield ceremonies will flank Columbia Pike today
Ceremonies commemorating the 1864 Battle of Franklin will be going on beginning at dusk on both sides of Columbia Avenue around Carter House.
The Battle of Franklin Trust will be displaying luminaries across the area now known as Carter Hill Battlefield Park to honor the casualties inflicted during the Battle of Franklin 152 years ago.
The park has emerged little by little over the years since the 2005 demolition of a Pizza Hut that was on the site where Confederate Gen. Patrick Cleburne was killed. Since then more houses and commercial property were removed from the land. This year the Franklin High School gym that survived a fire in the 1950s was demolished, and work is in progress to remove two structures on the south side of the Carter House.
The ceremony to commemorate the battle’s anniversary will begin at 4 p.m. at The Carter Hill Battlefield Park. Casualties’ names will be read aloud throughout the ceremony, and visitors are invited to walk throughout the luminaries to experience this somber event.
Carnton Plantation and The Carter House will be open to the public for free walk-through tours from 5-7 p.m. This year’s luminaries will be placed on both sides of Columbia Pike along the Federal line, which the Confederates briefly broke through and where so many of the battle’s casualties occurred.

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