On Wednesday, Nov. 30, The Battle of Franklin Trust will once again display luminaries at dusk to honor the casualties inflicted during the Battle of Franklin 152 years ago.
The ceremony will take place on what is now known as Carter Hill Battlefield Park, which has expanded following the reclamation of what once was the site of the Carter cotton gin, and the removal of the 1950s-era Franklin High School gym on the opposite side of Columbia Avenue.
“This event is one of the most solemn ceremonies we perform here at the Trust,” said The Battle of Franklin Trust CEO, Eric A. Jacobson, in a press release announcing this year’s observance. “It is sometimes difficult to explain the toll of the battle with words alone, and seeing the luminaries glowing at dusk and into the darkness profoundly contributes to our understanding of what happened in Franklin on Nov. 30, 1864.”
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.
The ceremony is free and open to the public. For more information and volunteer inquiries, please contact Brittany Mayfield at (615) 794-0903 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Battle of Franklin Trust is a 501(c)3 management corporation acting for the charitable and educational purposes of preserving, restoring, maintaining and interpreting the properties, artifacts and documents related to the battle so as to preserve an important part of the nation’s history.