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The Value & Benefits of Battlefield Preservation


Saving our Civil War Battlefields benefits our local community by creating jobs and generating tax revenue.  An Economic Impact Study commissioned by the Civil War Trust looked at 13 individual battlefields across the country including Franklin to determine who is visiting Civil War battlefields and what impact those visitors have on the local economy.   See the study for details.

Blue, Gray, and Green: Why Saving Civil War Battlefields Makes Money And Sense


Why Save Civil War Sites by David Fraley



Public Opinion Polls

A Poll of Franklin Voters conducted by the Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. in February 2005 showed that three-quarters of Franklin voters support preservation of the Franklin Battlefield.  

To see the full results, click 2005 Voter poll


A Survey conducted by the Williamson County Government in the Spring of 2004 found that a majority (57%) of Williamson County Citizens considered a park commemorating Civil War battles a high or medium priority.  Specifically, the survey "found 26% of the people listing a park commemorating Civil War battles as a high priority, with 31% saying it's a medium priority" (Franklin Review Appeal November 17, 2004)


A July 2001 Poll showed that Williamson County, Tenn. residents overwhelmingly opposed construction of an elementary school on a key portion of Franklin Battlefield. 



Battlefield Preservation in

 Franklin and Williamson County


Over the years, numerous studies of Civil War sites in Franklin and Williamson County have been performed by various organizations.  A brief description can be viewed at Battlefield Studies.


Save the Franklin Battlefield Inc has developed a document which identifies important Civil War sites in Williamson County Tennessee that have the potential to be saved, or in rare cases reclaimed, as Civil War Battlefield Parks.

A Compendium of Civil War Sites in Williamson County for Possible Battlefield Parks 




Core Battlefield Areas in Franklin

The two maps shown below are the Core Battlefield Areas in Franklin as defined in:


Profiles of America's Most Threatened Civil War Battlefields - 1993 (revised 1998) - National Parks Service - American Battlefield Protection Program


This was a survey of the First Battle of Franklin (April 10, 1863) and Second Battle of Franklin (November 30, 1864) and battlefields in Williamson County.  The maps define the area that was studied, and the boundaries of the 'core battlefield' areas.  This study encompassed dozens of Civil War Battlefields in several states, and is planned to be updated.


First Battle of Franklin

(April 10, 1863) 

Click thumbnail to view map.



Second Battle of Franklin

(November 30, 1864)

Click thumbnail to view map.



Williamson County - Major Battles

Battle of Thompson's Station March 5, 1863

Battle of Brentwood March 25, 1863

First Battle of Franklin April 10, 1863

Second Battle of Franklin November 30, 1864

Nearby - Major Battles

Murfreesboro December 31, 1862 - January 2, 1863

Columbia November 24-29, 1864

Spring Hill November 29, 1864

Nashville December 15-16, 1864



Tennessee Civil War GIS Project

The Tennessee State Library & Archives is undertaking a project to map comprehensive Civil War history onto the existing Geographic Information Systems data that our local governments use to record their official land boundaries and ownership information.

Both public and private utility companies also use the GIS system to record their above and below ground lines, poles, towers etc. Cities map their roads and streets, land use plans and a myriad of other information onto this one official record of land boundary and ownership data base. Each entity adds its information to the system as a unique information layer that can be selectively turned on and off. The counties’ boundary and ownership data is refreshed to the TSLA files on a monthly schedule.

There were an estimated 2,600 engagements of some type in Tennessee during the war. A few hundred have been added to the Civil War GIS to date but the work continues. All of this information is available to historians and students online.

The TSLA web site is at

The site is constantly being expanded but already features many original maps, documents, diaries and photographs from the TSLA historic collections. Hundreds of engagements and battles are pinpointed with aerial and modern map layers. The site provides 1860 county census data and unit histories for every Tennessee regiment from Tennesseans in the Civil War.

The system also layers The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War maps onto modern maps, and provides links to narrative information from the Official Records and the Tennessee Civil War Sourcebook. This is a powerful tool for battlefield preservationists.




Preservation Links




Franklins Charge

The Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County

Battle of Nashville Preservation Society

Friends of Stones River National Battlefield

Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area Middle Tennessee State University



Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association (TCWPA)
The Land Trust for Tennessee

Tennessee Historical Commission

Tennessee Wars Commission

MTSU Center for Historic Preservation Middle Tennessee State University

Tennessee Preservation Trust



The American Battlefield Trust

The American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP)

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Preservation Action - Preservation's voice in Washington

The Trust for Public Land

The Conservation Fund


Civil War & Preservation News

Civil War News For People with an Active Interest in the Civil War today


News Media

Williamson Herald

Tennessean - Williamson County


Local Governments

Williamson County Tennessee Government

City of Brentwood, Tennessee

City of Franklin, Tennessee

City of Nolensville, Tennessee

City of Fairview, Tennessee

Town of Thompson's Station, Tennessee


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