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2003 Preservation March for Franklin

 November 7-8, 2003

'Forty for Franklin - 2003'

 
     
 

On Friday & Saturday, November 7th & 8th, 2003, Civil War reenactors marched "Forty for Franklin" to help Save The Franklin Battlefield, Inc retire the debt on Collins Farm in Franklin.  The twenty-one uniformed reenactors' march departed from McCains, just south of Columbia in Maury County, on Friday and arrived at Collins Farm, 40 miles later, on Saturday afternoon.  They camped at Rippavilla on Friday night.

This year, observers and supporters joined the reenactors for a designated segment of the march in Columbia, Spring Hill, and Franklin.  The Franklin public segment covered the two miles from Winstead Hill Park to Collins Farm on Lewisburg Pike. 

Collins Farm is an important 3.22 acres of the Franklin battlefield that STFB purchased in June 2001.  The land is on the extreme east end of the main trench line where the river and railroad converge at Lewisburg Pike.

This ground was traversed by Gen. W W Loring's Division as they attacked over the railroad embankment and became entangled in the osage orange abatis in front of the Federal trenches, all the while under heavy artillery fire from Fort Granger, less than a mile to the north.  It was this ground of which Lieutenant William H. Berryhill of the 43rd Mississippi lamented, "I cannot see how any human being could live two moments in such a place."  Loring's Division has more battle dead buried at the Confederate Cemetery at Carnton than any other of Hood's divisions.

Each of the twenty-one reenactors represented one of the 18 Union and Confederate states that had regiments engaged at the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864.  Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee had troops fighting in the battle on both sides.  Other states represented were Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

 
 

 
 

 
     
  "40 For Franklin - 2003" March funds raised to-date by State are:

 
 

Federal

 

 

State

Re-enactor

Amount

Illinois

Alan McClelland

$445

Indiana 

Ron Wilkins - Captain

465

Iowa

Shane Smith

570

Kentucky

Chris Cox

592

Michigan

Louis Varnell - NCO

532

Missouri

Jerry Layton

540

Ohio

Chris Lane / Bill Radcliffe

2,585

Pennsylvania

Mark Grant

1,890

Tennessee

Trent Golden

572

Wisconsin

Brian Maddox

510

Total Federal Marchers

 $8,701

 

 

 

Confederate

 

 

State

Re-enactor

Amount

Alabama 

Shane Smith

$745

Arkansas 

Lee White / Leonard Adams

613

Florida

Evan Hudson

 600

Georgia

Richard Russel

595

Kentucky

Jim Lawrence - Captain

445

Louisiana

Matt McGill

385

Mississippi

Freddie Howell / William Long

1,755

Missouri

Evan Kutzler

825

South Carolina

William Carraway - NCO

650

Tennessee

David Fraley

2,182

Texas

Justin Sherrer / O.C. Hood

678

Total Confederate Marchers

$9,473

 

 

 

March Total  (03/20/2004)

$18,174

 
     
   
     
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