THE BATTLE OF FRANKLIN
RECOLLECTIONS OF CONFEDERATE & UNION SOLDIERS
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Yankees claimed they won the Battle of Franklin; the Confederates believed they were the victors. Each side displayed courage (and in some cases cowardice) amid appalling slaughter, while employing
outstanding tactical maneuvers and committing elementary strategical errors. These facts raise numerous important questions.
Why, for example, did Union General Wagner disobey orders at a crucial point in the battle, and why did Confederate General Hood place his most brilliant fighter, Nathan Bedford Forrest, on the far right where
he knew he would have almost no impact? Why did Union General Schofield callously leave his dead and wounded on the battlefield the following day, and why, strangely, did General Hood attempt to renew the
battle on the morning of December 1? Why did Federal soldiers wantonly shoot down and kill Confederate General John Adams when they could have easily captured him instead, and why at Franklin was the
casualty rate for Confederate officers and infantrymen the highest of any known modern battle? These and a thousand other issues have long perplexed those with a sincere interest in both this particular battle
and American Civil War history.
What then is the full and true story of the sanguinary conflict that took place in Middle Tennessee on November 30, 1864, the day after the mysterious Battle of Spring Hill and two weeks before the one-sided
Battle of Nashville? What really happened during this violent engagement on the Plain of Franklin, rightly called by soldiers the “Valley of Death,” where the earth was so “red with blood” that it poured over the
fields in “rivulets,” where in some places the bodies lay three layers deep, and where one could walk across the entire battlefield upon corpses without one’s feet ever touching the ground?
Award-winning author, historian, and Franklin resident Colonel Lochlainn Seabrook addresses these concerns in his captivating book The Battle of Franklin: Recollections of Confederate and Union Soldiers, a
detailed chronicle of nearly 30 eyewitness accounts by military men who were on the field of action that brisk Autumn day. Col. Seabrook, some of whose Confederate cousins were present, also furnishes
narratives by civilians, clergy, women, and even children who lived through the conflict, providing additional context to a battle which, like Nashville, neither side had intended to fight.
The author-editor includes nearly 200 rare illustrations and photos to accompany the footnoted text, along with an introduction, battle statistics, 19th-Century maps, appendices, and a bibliography. This book is
part of Col. Seabrook’s “Hood’s Tennessee Campaign” trilogy series, which includes his popular companion books, The Battle of Spring Hill and The Battle of Nashville (this three-book series can be purchased at
a discount price here on our Webstore). The Battle of Franklin is available in paperback and hardcover. (All text copyright © Sea Raven Press)
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AUTHOR-EDITOR: Lochlainn Seabrook
CONTENT: adult nonfiction
SUBJECTS: American Civil War, Confederate history, Union history, military history, Franklin, Tennessee history
ILLUSTRATED: yes (b/w)
SIZE: 5.5” x 8.5”
LENGTH: 150 pages
COVER: paperback/perfect bound/gloss finish; hardcover/case laminate/matte finish
PUBLISHER: Sea Raven Press
ISBN: 978-1-943737-75-8 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-1-943737-76-5 (hardcover)
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