Today is the 146th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin. After the fall of Atlanta, on September 2, 1864, CSA Lieutenant General John Bell Hood pushed his Army of Tennessee northwest into Alabama. His plans were to push into southern Tennessee and attack US Major General John M. Schofield’s forces at Columbia. After defeating Schofield he would move on Major General George H. Thomas at Nashville. His plans were grand. Where would he stop: Nashville, Louisville, Cincinnati…?
On November 29, Hood’s forces pushed into the small village of Spring Hill. His goal was to place his army between Schofield and Thomas, making his retreat to Nashville impossible. Unfortunately, in what has become known as the Affair at Spring Hill, Schofield was able to thwart Hood’s well made plans and sneak by him in the overnight hours of November 30. Once beyond Spring Hill, Schofield moved his two army corps to Franklin where he set up a strong defensive position. Hood was furious that Schofield had escaped and pushed quickly after him. Finding the Federals in a strong position at Franklin, Hood attacked again, and again, nearly wiping out his army.
The Battle of Franklin is a fascinating story. Heroism was the norm on both sides. Six Confederate general officers would be killed, with more wounded. To learn more about the Battle of Franklin, I suggest you read the following articles I wrote last year.
Additionally, I had the opportunity to interview famed Franklin historian Thomas Y. Cartwright for my campaign study on Franklin. Cartwright is one of the most knowledgeable historians on the Franklin-Nashville Campaign and is extremely entertaining. You can listen to the interview by clicking on the following link.