The Widow of the South

07 Jan

carnton house
Above: The McGavock cemetary with Carnton in the background.

Just finished reading Robert Hicks’ novel “The Widow of the South,” it takes place during the 2nd battle of Franklin November 30, 1864. On the Union side there were 2,326 casualties. The Confederate total was 6,261. There are 1,481 of the Confederate dead buried behind the Carnton mansion which is where “Widow” was set.

Right now the battlefield itself is under siege by developers. I’ll be the first to say I don’t get all misty eyed when I hear Dixie (there’s a lump in my throat, but it’s bile) but I do feel like we need to preserve more of our historic places no matter how unpleasant the memory. Didn’t someone say “If we don’t remember our history we are doomed to repeat it.”

From Wikipedia: “Much of the rest of the Franklin battlefield has been lost to commercial development. The spot where Gen. Cleburne fell, for instance, was covered until late 2005 by a Pizza Hut restaurant. Although the restaurant was purchased by a preservation group and demolished…”

the battle field at franklin

Above: The battlefield today from Winstead Hill.

This site has letters and reports from actual soldiers from both sides that fought in Franklin.

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