The Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association (TCWPA) has awarded Greg Wade, of Franklin, its 2015 Robert A. Ragland Award.
The Ragland Award goes to a community member who has made outstanding contributions to the preservation and interpretation of Tennessee’s Civil War battlefields, TCWPA president Joe Smyth said at the May 9 presentation as he recognized Wade’s “extraordinary and enduring leadership.”
“Greg is a past president of Save The Franklin Battlefield and current board member of Franklin’s Charge, and has for years given his time, talents and energies to saving, promoting, and interpreting Civil War battlefield sites in Williamson County,” Smyth said.
“Greg started the Franklin Civil War Round Table and [it] has grown it from a handful of folks meeting in the back of a local bookstore to up to 100 enjoying [hearing] both local and national experts speak on history and battlefield preservation. He has also been a ‘voice in the wilderness’ promoting the importance of the battlefields comprising the Retreat from Nashville, raising awareness with lectures, tours, and Civil War Trails markers.”
Wade designated the Franklin Civil War Roundtable as recipient of the award’s accompanying grant of $500 for the purposes of interpreting the December 17, 1864 events near Franklin.