Sunday, November 21, 2010

Remembering the Battle of Franklin

Sometimes I forget that I live in the midst of a hotbed of Civil war memorials.  You can easily take the historic markers for granted living in this area, where so many named battles from the Civil War took place.

November 30th marks the 146th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin.  The City of Franklin celebrated its heritage this weekend by hosting Blue & Gray Days, where visitors could tour battlefields and historic homes, see soldier reenactments, and purchase items from period vendors.

Last night, the grounds adjacent to the Confederate cemetery of the Carnton House was lit with 10,000 luminaries to represent the 10,000 casualties of of the 5 hour bloody battle of Franklin.  We live so close to the former battlefield that we heard the cannons going off as part of the ceremony, so we hopped in the car and drove over to witness the spectacle.  The sight of those luminaries brightly lit in the dark night was a breathtakingly sad reminder of what fellow Americans did to one another so long ago.

1 comment:

MamaB said...

Such a sad but awesome sight to see all those illuminaries and what they represented.