Land donation expands perspective of Franklin battlefield


Land donation expands perspective of Franklin battlefield

STAFF REPORTS

The Battle of Franklin Trust announced Monday that Williamson County’s William David Dozier donated a piece of the Franklin battlefield, according to a release.

The small tract of land connects the Carriage Park neighborhood to the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park, and the trust says it will use the tract of land to allow guests on battlefield tours to get a different perspective of this piece of the battlefield.

More from the release:

At the time of the battle, which was fought on Nov. 30, 1864, the piece of ground was part of Carnton and had been used as farmland. Nearby McGavock Creek is fed by several springs, one of which is under the Carnton springhouse and it empties into the Harpeth River.

During the Battle of Franklin, the right wing of Maj. Gen. William W. Loring’s Division moved through the Carriage Park area, plowed across the creek, and then across the Eastern Flank. His three brigades, under the command of Brig. Gens. Winfield S. Featherston, John Adams and Thomas M. Scott, took significant casualties from incoming artillery fire as they advanced toward the Federal line. A portion of Scott’s Brigade – Alabamians, Tennesseans and Louisianans – swept over this newly acquired battlefield property. Loring’s men took heavy losses and nearly 1,000 were killed, wounded or captured by the conclusion of the fighting. Gen. Scott was among the injured. Many of the soldiers who perished during the battle are buried in the McGavock Confederate Cemetery, which is just west of the tract.

Many more interpretive opportunities exist across the Franklin battlefield. The Trust is seeking other historically minded community members, like the Dozier family, to donate or sell property or to allow interpretive markers to be placed on land they own. If you are interested in helping to further interpret our community’s role in the conflict that redefined America, please contact Development Director Laurie McPeak at laurie@boft.org or CEO Eric A. Jacobson at eric@boft.org.

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