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A Compendium of Civil War Sites In Williamson County for Possible Battlefield Parks – A 2003 summary of known battlefield parcels that could be saved as Battlefield Parks and linked with an interpretative program.

Franklin Battlefield Preservation General Timeline – a compilation of information from newspaper clippings, STFB newsletters, other historical sources to place the important milestones and turning points of the battlefield preservation journey here in Franklin. Hundreds of dedicated volunteers and donors have been part of this march over the past 150 years (a work-in-progress)

Blue, Gray, and Green: Why Saving Civil War Battlefields Makes Money And Sense – 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 (American Battlefield 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.

Archaeological Investigations on Roper’s Knob  a Fortified Civil War Site in Williamson County, Tennessee by Benjamin C. Nance – Test excavations on top of Roper’s Knob in northern Williamson County exposed Civil War period fortifications and features. The fortifications included a redoubt as well as the rare example of an excavated blockhouse. The investigations also uncovered evidence of a mid-1800s domestic structure likely occupied by the Roper family.

Summary Report of the 2014 Archaeological Investigation of the Carter Hill Cotton Gin Area – This 2014 dig at the cotton gin area is the one that did not find the gin foundation. However, it did find trench line segments and provided the clues of where to dig in the follow-on study that did find the gin foundation.

February 2005 Voter Poll – Civil War Preservation Trust funds a formal survey of  400 Franklin registered voters. 75% say City of Franklin should do more to preserve battlefield.

Newsletters - 1993 to Present

Winter 2023 Important business: STFB Membership Dues – Board Election, – Update your contact information,: Trench Line Marker Update, The Spring Hill Crossings, The Passing of Board Member, Samuel C. Gant, Ph.D., Fort Negley News, Choose Newsletter Email delivery and help us save cost.

Fall 2022 Important Reminder: STFB Membership Dues Date Change, Events & Weddings at Civil War historical sites canceled, Passing of Tow Giants: Robert Hicks and Mary Ann Peckham

February 2022 Board Election, Dues Date Change, Choose Newsletter email delivery and help us save cost!, 417 Lewisburg Pike Property, Trench Line Markers, Middle Tennessee Civil War Show

October 2021 President’s Message, Lotz House Ghost Tours, Franklin USCT Statue Dedication, Breaking News from The Battle of Franklin Trust – Rippavilla, Rippavilla Unveils Historic Marker, Williamson County Seal Change, Williamson County Visitor Spending Down During Pandemic

December 2020 STFB Board Election, Contact Information Update, DAR plans restoration of Collins Farm, The 6th Ohio Battery display at the Carter Cotton Gin is now complete, Mud, Blood & Cold Steel: The Retreat from Nashville, December 1854 by Mark Zimmerman

March-April 2020 An update from The Battle of Franklin Trust, Battlefield Parcel Threatened, Our Thrift Store can’t go on a piece of land behind the library. So where will they go now?, Come Be A Part of History – Franklin USCT Statue, To Build or Not to Build the Cotton Gin

January-February 2020 Franklin’s Charge has Closed on the Spivey Purchase, Civil War Show December 7-8, 2019, Fuller story monument dedication, Monument to Enslaved Graves at the Carnton Cemetery

November-December 2019 STFB Annual Meeting November 21, 2019, Fundraising underway for Franklin USCT Statue

October 2019 The 2019 STFB Annual Meeting – Thursday, November 21, Middle Tennessee Civil War Show At Ag Center Dec 7-8, 2019 Year End Gift Planning, Sunday November 10th — two screenings of Emmy award winning film to benefit Franklin battlefield, Five New Markers Dedicated October 17 On Franklin Square.

September 2019 Letter To the editor, STFB Annual Meeting & Dinner, Where the Franklin public square ownership case stands now, Removal of Civil War markers draws ire; Sons of Confederate Vets cite heritage law, News in Review

August 2019 Mark Your Calendar: STFB Annual Meeting and Dinner, Middle Tennessee Civil War Show at Ag Center Dec 7 -8, 2019, Crossroads: A Symposium September 13 – 14, 2019
Battle of Franklin Trust reclaims portion of Franklin battlefield; Land donated by William David Dozier family, Report: Williamson visitors spent $1.3 million per day in 2018, Lotz House Lauded by TripAdvisor

July 2019 Emmy award winning film “The Battle of Franklin” At Franklin Theater Sunday, November 10th at 5:00pm, Amazon Donates To Save The Franklin Battlefield, Tennessee Civil War License Plate – Go Get Yours, Crossroads: Reconsidering Native Americans and African Americans In Tennessee and the South, A Symposium September 12 – 14, 2019, Update on Commemorative Belt Buckle from 125th Franklin Reenactment

June 2019 Original 125th Reenactment Commemorative Belt Buckles Available from STFB, Greer Stadium (now on Fort Negley) Is Being Demolished, Lotz House Releases Hatch Show Print Commemorating 155th Anniversary Of The Battle Of Franklin

May 2019 Fort Granger is getting a New Paved Entrance, Language for Battle of Franklin marker on square moving forward in Franklin, Emily West, Nashville Tennessean May 14, 2019, Carter Hill Battlefield Park Gets Display and Signage Improvements, Civil War Trust Recognizes Their Franklin Donors

April 2019 Franklin Confederate statue, African-American markers controversy: What to know.
By Emily West and Jeremy Hensley, Nashville Tennessean. Final approval: African-American history markers will go in Franklin’s square, Emily West, Nashville Tennessean.

March 2019 UK Civil War Roundtable Donates to STFB for a Cannon, Approval of marker placements solidifies African-Americans’ place in Franklin history By Kerri Bartlett Managing Editor, Williamson Herald, Ropers Knob Tour April 27, 2019

February 2019 April 6 – Park Day Save the Date, Franklin aldermen change support of marker placements as ‘Fuller Story’ fulfills vision

January 2019 Brandywine Valley CWRT Helps Save The Franklin Battlefield, STFB Now Accepts Credit Card Payment by Mail, Hinman Family Donates Funds To Complete 6th Ohio Battery Display, Clarification of Annual Meeting Report

November – December 2018 Rob Hodge Shares Movie Box Office With STFB, Civil War Show A Big Success, STFB Annual Meeting & Dinner

October 2018 STFB Annual Meeting & Dinner – Nov 15 Make Reservations Now, 2018 Year End Gift Planning, Middle Tennessee Civil War Show At Ag Center Dec 1 – 2 2018, March to the Carter House, 2018 Franklin Grand Review Oct 12-14, Battle of Franklin Descendants Reunion Oct 5-6-7, Battle of Franklin Trust Events, News in Review

September 2018 Save The Date STFB Annual Meeting November 15, 2018, Year-End Gift Planning Reminder, Salt Creek CWRT Marker at Forward Line Damaged and Repaired, Battlefield Preservation Commission votes to support ‘The Fuller Story’ concept By Kerri Bartlett • Managing Editor Williamson Herald Sept 14, 2018 Reprinted with permission

August 2018 “Three preachers and a historian tell ‘fuller story’ by proposing Civil War monument, markers” (Reprinted with permission) By Kerri Bartlett – Managing Editor Aug 14, 2018 Williamson Herald, Franklin faith leaders want markers next to Confederate monument (Reprinted with permission) By Emily R. West Nashville Tennessean USA TODAY NETWORK – TENNESSEE Sunday, August 19

July 2018 STFB Member & Family Donate Cannon to Franklin Battlefield, Fort Granger Cannons Sponsors Needed, Franklin author’s new book deeply explores Tennessee’s slave history

June 2018 Carter House Visitor Center Update, Lotz House receives eighth consecutive Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, Witnessing the Transformation at the Historic Franklin Masonic Hall By Rachael Finch

May 2018 Trench Marker Update, Fort Granger Update, Wilder Flag Restoration – You Can Help, Battle of Franklin Trust to Host Lecture On 14th Amendment – “The United States Constitution and Confederate Memory” Thursday June 7 at 6pm, Reminder: New Preservation Directions – A Heritage Foundation Symposium Saturday June 2, 2018

April 2018 Stone’s River Descendants Reunion Save The Date Oct 12-13, 2018, Cannons On The Square Project Has Been Completed, New Preservation Directions A Heritage Foundation Symposium Saturday June 2, 2018, TCWPA Annual Members Meeting April 28, 2018

March 2018 Save The Date STFB Annual Meeting November 15, 2018, Amazon Donates to Save The Franklin Battlefield, Mike Skinner Joins the STFB Board Of Directors, Cannons on the Public Square Placed The Nashville Tennessean – March 23, 1909, The Friends of Stones River Battlefield Need Your Help, Battle of Franklin Descendants’ Reunion October 6-8, 2018 Registration Now Open

February 2018 History Summer Camp, Summer Camp Interns Needed, BGA students recognize members of the U.S. 13th Colored Infantry

January 2018 The Civil War Trust Announces A Grand Review at Franklin October 13 – 14, 2018, Williamson County Archives Offers U.S. Flag Retirement, New Signage for Carter Hill Battlefield Park. 

December 2017 Rob Hodge Shares Battle of Franklin Box Office with Save The Franklin Battlefield, Civil War Show A Big Success, Another Gun is Added to Carter Hill Battlefield Park

November 2017 2017 Middle Tennessee Civil War Show, At Ag Center December 2 – 3, Save the Franklin Battlefield 2017 Annual Meeting, Renovated Carter Farm Office Now Open to Visitors

October 2017 STFB Annual Meeting and Dinner Thursday, November 16 – 6:00 PM, 2017 Middle Tennessee Civil War Show At Ag Center December 2 – 3, –UPDATE — Carter Hill Battlefield Park, “Battle of Franklin” at Franklin Theatre Sunday Nov 5, 3:30 PM, 2017 Year End Gift Planning

September 2017 STFB Annual Meeting Thursday November 16, 2017 Save the Date, Cannons Arrive for Carter Hill Battlefield Park, Mary Pearce Honored by the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, United Kingdom CWRT Returns to Franklin for Update on Preservation Successes, “America, Our Civil War and the Expanding Conversation”

August 2017 Fort Negley, The Tennessee Preservation Trust Annual Conference Set for Franklin, Jullian Bibb Recognized At Franklin Tomorrow Event, Studio Tenn opens its 2017/2018 season with the return of the original production “The Battle of Franklin: A Tale of a House Divided” September 7-22

July 2017 Fighting the Second Civil War: A History of Battlefield Preservation and the Emergence of the Civil War Trust, Additional Battlefield Parcel Considered for Purchase, Franklin’s Charge secures authentic artillery display for Carter Hill Battlefield Park

June 2017 History of the Civil War Trust Just Released, Lotz House Announces Expanded Release Of The Lotz Family Book, Southwest Michigan CWRT Visits Franklin – Photo Journal

May 2017 STFB Listed 188th Among Civil War Trust Donors, CWT Conference June 7-11 –Chattanooga, Mary Pearce Retires As Director of the Heritage Foundation, The Battle of Franklin Trust Presents Calicos & Cadets Day Camp June 20-22 and July 11-13

April 2017 Dick Simpson & SUV Camp 15 Donate to Franklin, Lorings Advance Battlefield Parcel Transferred to BoFT, The Battle of Franklin Trust Presents Calicos & Cadets Day Camp June 20-22 and July 11-13

March 2017 Carter Hill Battlefield Park Update, Sultana Reunion in Franklin April 22–23 2017, What Time Was The Battle of Franklin

February 2017 STFB Listed in Top 300 Civil War Trust Donors, CWT Conference June 7-11 – Chattanooga, Civil War Trust Honors Battlefield Reclamation Efforts in Tennessee, Governor budgets $3.2 Million for New Carter House Visitor’s Center, New Cannons for Carter Hill Battlefield Park Need Donors

January 2017 Franklin Trench Line Markers On the Way, Replica Cannons Planned At Carter Hill Battlefield Park, Flower Shop Dismantling Underway

December 2016 A Comment on Membership Accounting, Carter Hill Battlefield Park Update, Fort Negley Tree Cutting Questioned, House Removed from Turnpike Fort In Franklin

November 2016 Free Money For Battlefield Preservation, STFB Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner, Carter Hill Battlefield Park Update, 152nd Battle Anniversary Events, 2016 Middle Tennessee Civil War Show At Ag Center December 3 – 4

October 2016 STFB Annual Meeting and Dinner Thursday November 17, Middle Tennessee Civil War Show At Ag Center December 3 – 4, Year End Gift Planning, Blue & Gray Days November 4-5, Carter Hill Battlefield Park Update, 152nd Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin Illumination Wednesday November 30, The Battle of Franklin – A Tale of a House Divided – Jamison Theater in The Factory at Franklin November 3 – 13.

September 2016 Save the Date – STFB Annual Meeting & Dinner with Speaker Eric Jacobson, Progress Continues at the Carter Hill Battlefield Park, 2016 Middle Tennessee Civil War Show At Ag Center December 3 – 4

August 2016 Ed Bearss Helps Celebrate 100th Anniversary of National Parks Service, Update On Transforming The Lovell Properties to Battlefield Park

July 2016 Trench Line Marker Update, New Information Markers Added at Fort Granger, Update on Carter Hill Battlefield Park

June 2016 Big News! You Can Pay Membership Dues Online, Civil War Trails Marker Dedicated At Historic Franklin Masonic Hall, Old Franklin High School Gymnasium Is Now Gone, Work Progresses at Carter Hill Battlefield Park

May 2016 Cotton Gin Marker Update – We’re There Already, Brandywine Valley CWRT Re-enlists at Franklin, Franklin Battlefield Commission To Mark Trench Line, TCWPA Annual Meeting and Tour, Battle of Franklin and American Memory History Symposium Oct. 21 – 22, 2016

April 2016 STFB Donors Needed to Fund Revised Cotton Gin Marker, Volunteers Help Prepare for Loring’s Advance Tour Saturday, April 23 10:00 AM, Open House at The Big House Sunday, May 22, 2 PM – 6 PM

March 2016 STFB Archives Project Announced, Loring’s Advance Tour Saturday April 23 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Loring’s Advance Clean-Up Day Saturday, April 9 9:00 AM to 12 Noon, Arbor Day Activities Saturday April 16 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Heritage Foundation Moves Into Old, Old Jail, Battle of Franklin and American Memory History Symposium Oct. 20 – Oct. 22, 2016

February 2016 Purchase of Lovell Property Closes: Carter Hill Battlefield Park now Under Construction

January 2016 20th Maine Company F Helps Save The Franklin Battlefield Inc, Update on the Lovell Property Purchase, A True Relic Returns to Franklin – Capt. Tod Carter’s Pass

December 2015 Thompson’s Station Plans Development on West Harpeth Battlefield, New Perspectives of the Fighting Across Loring’s Advance

November 2015 2015 Middle Tennessee Civil War Show at Ag Center December 5 – 6, Save the Franklin Battlefield Annual Meeting & Dinner, Events For Your Thanksgiving Visitors

October 2015 STFB Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner – Thursday Nov 19, Civil War Trust Executives Visit Franklin, Loring’s Advance Undergrowth Gets Whacked, Sparkman Grave to be Marked Sunday, October 25, 2015, The Battle of Franklin Documentary Returns to Franklin Theater, Franklin on Foot Partners with Lotz House Ghost Tours

September 2015 Status Update on the Carter Hill Battlefield Park, Lotz House Releases Limited Edition 2-DVD Set: The Battle of Franklin – Marching Forward – 150th Anniversary, A few seats remain open – Lotz House Battleground Tour of the Atlanta Campaign Part 2: The 151st Anniversary of the Siege and Fall of Atlanta October 21-25

August 2015 STFB Newsletter Archive Expanded, Carnton Extended Tour Now Available, Lotz House Announces Atlanta Tour October 21-25

July 2015 New Cannon Carriages Now Viewable On Google Maps, Carter Hill Battlefield Park Update, STFB Donates $5,000 To Lovell Purchase, New Culvert Installed At Loring’s Advance Entrance

June 2015 Lovell Property Purchase Update, Heritage Foundation Makes Community Enhancement Award to Cannons On The Square Committee, Eagle Scout Donates New Gate at Loring’s Advance Access, Preservation Volunteers Open A Second Front at Winstead Hill

May 2015 Big News in Franklin – Cotton Gin Foundation Located, Lovell Purchase Update, An Evening for the McGavock Confederate Cemetery

April 2015 BOMA Studies Budget Request for Lovell Purchase, Long-time STFB Members Tour Franklin Battlefield, Last Tour Group to see Dominos

March 2015 STFB Pledges $5,000 For Lovell Purchase, Local Officials Tour Old High School Gym, Dominos Demolition Date Delayed, Carriage Donors Receive Commemorative Mug & Program, Arbor Day Set for Saturday April 18 at Pinkerton Park, Robert Lee Hodge, “Thinking in Pictures and Sound: Making Civil War Films”

February 2015 Brandywine Valley CWRT Helps Save The Franklin Battlefield, Listen UP ! ! Go Get Your Civil War License Plate, Franklin Charge Enlists Crowdrise Funding Campaign For the Lovell Purchase, Lotz House Announces Battleground Tour of Atlanta Campaign – The 151st Anniversary of the Siege and Fall of Atlanta March 25-29

January 2015 Effort To Purchase Lovell Property Progresses, Major Archeological Excavation Locates Trench Line at Cotton Gin,

December 2014 March marks 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin, The Hellers Honored At Annual Meeting, Strip Mall Demolished

November 2014 Civil War Show Sat-Sun Dec 6th & 7th, Franklin 150th March to The Carter House, Cannon Carriages Installed & Dedicated

October 2014 Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner November 20, 2014 – Sign up Now, Cannon Campaign Update, Emmy award winning film “The Battle of Franklin” At Franklin Theater Sunday November 2nd at 3:30pm, Incident at Fort Granger Presented At Eastern Flank Park

September 2014 Cannons Are Removed – New Carriages Expected in October, Lotz House Foundation Dinner with Ed Bearss, Blue-Gray Days at Carnton Plantation – Reenactment Spectator Ticket Sales November 15-16

August 2014 Fort Granger Improvements Underway, Work Continues on Carter Hill Park, Cannons on the Square Update, Lima Ohio CWRT joins the Cannons on the Square Campaign

July 2014 Cannons On the Square Update, Work Continues on Carter Hill Park, Battle of Franklin Trust Presents ‘Battle Scarred’

June 2014 Flower Shop Adjacent to Carter House Under Purchase Agreement, Civil War Trust Honors Tennessee Preservationists, Portraits Of History Line Main Street, Cannons On The Square Update, Tennessee Sesquicentennial Events

May 2014 Simpson Campaigns In Hershey Pennsylvania, Cleburne Street Update, Time’s Awasting – Go Get Your Civil War Tag, Cannons On The Square Campaign Update, All Things Franklin 150th

April 2014 Brandywine Valley CWRT Joins the Franklin Ranks, Performing Arts Center Proposed For Old BGA Campus – Neighborhood Meeting Tuesday April 29, Tour of Homes Civil War Sites Featured June 7-8, Cannons On The Square – The Campaign Continues, The Triune Fortifications.

March 2014 Cannons on the Square Campaign, Cleburne Street Update, Park Day & Arbor Day Saturday April 5, Battle of Triune Civil War Reenactment Sat-Sun April 12-13 2014.

February 2014 Triune Earthworks Tour Set for March 1st, Cotton Gin Battlefield Park – The Dream Is Becoming Reality, Franklin150 Logo Unveiled, Battle of Triune Living History & Civil War Battle Reenactment April 12-13, 2014

January 2014 Tennessee Civil War License Plate Is On The Road & Selling Well, Civil War Trust Conference In Nashville “Twilight In The Western Theater” May 28-June 1, 2014, “At All Hazards, General Patrick Cleburne at Ringold Gap”, Limited Edition Print To Be Auctioned, Triune Reenactment at Kings’ Chapel in Arrington, TN April 11-13, 2014

December 2013 March to the Carter House 149th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin, 2013 Commemorative Illumination Staged at Confederate Cemetery

November 2013 Former Car Wash Property Purchased for Preservation, Officials Dedicate New Access Road for Eastern Flank Battlefield Park, STFB Annual Membership Meeting, 2013 Illumination Set for November 29-30

October 2013 Sign up now – STFB Annual Meeting & Dinner Thursday November 14,
2013 Illumination Set for November 29-30, March to the Carter House, Eastern Flank Circle Dedication, Loring’s Advance Tour, Carnton Blue-Gray Days

September 2013 STFB Annual Meeting & Dinner Thursday November 14, 2013, Public Tour of Loring’s Advance Saturday Oct 12 – 10:00 AM, BOMA Votes for Public Haring on Car Wash Rezoning, It’s Here, It’s Here – October 1, American Icon Ed Bearss visits the Lotz House and Franklin Battlefield

August 2013 STFB Facebook Page, Planning Commission Denies Rezoning Request – for Now, Proposed Battlefield Overlay Plan, Cenotaph and Battlefield Photos

July 2013 Lotz House to Host Ed Bearss Dinner and Twilight Tour Thursday August 22, STFB is on Facebook, Rezoning Request Threatens Battlefield, We Need Your Help, Sign Up Now for Reenenactment November 8 and 9 2013

June 2013 Register Now for Blue Gray Days November 8 and 9 2013, Rezoning Request Threatens Battlefield; We Need Your Help, Group Tours Franklin Battlefield, Latest No Paper STFB Member Deploys to Afghanistan

May 2013 McGavock Confederate Cemetery Sunday June 2, No Paper Please, Rezoning Request Threatens Battlefield – We Need Your Help, Blue Gray Days Set for November 8 and 9, “INCIDENT AT FORT GRANGER” To Be Performed Saturday June 8 At Fort Granger

April 2013 Eastern Flank Battlefield Park Road Under Construction, Triune Reenactment Set For Saturday & Sunday April 27-28, Columbia Avenue Car Wash May Be Developed, Blue Gray & Green 2013 Edition Is Available, Park Day A Big Success.

March 2013 Arbor Day Announced for April 20 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Civil War Trust & Franklin Parks Dept Set Park Day – April 6 8:30AM – Noon, TENNESSEE CIVIL WAR 150th LICENSE PLATE NOW FREE Sign Up Online Now, Veteran Campaigner Dick Simpson Has Broken Camp, Carnton to host Civil War cavalry event March 23, Battle of Thompson’s Station 150th Anniversary Commemoration

February 2013 Carter Cotton Gin Battlefield Park Deal is Closed, Civil War Trust & Franklin Parks Dept Set Park Day – April 6 8:30AM-noon, Arbor Day Announced for April 20 10:00AM-2:00PM, Thompson’s Station Commemorates 150th Anniversary of Civil War Battle Saturday March 9, 2013.

January 2013 The Domino’s Deal Has Closed, 148th Anniversary Battle of Franklin Illumination November 30, 2012

December 2012 148th Anniversary Battle of Franklin Illumination recap, Fort Granger Park Day announced for April 6, 2013, Tennessee Civil War GIS Project

November 2012 Historian Thomas Cartwright to portray Civil War soldier Sam Watkins at Franklin Theater Wed Nov 28, 2012 Illumination & Candlelight Tour Nov 30 at Carter House, STFB Annual Membership Meeting, Mike Kent Civil War Show Sat/Sun Dec 1-2, John Bell Hood Papers Discovery Announced

October 2012 STFB Annual Meeting & Dinner Thursday November 15, 2012, Call to Action – Civil War Trust Match Proposal, Civil War Trust Buys Battlefield Parcel at Federal Advanced Line, Mike Kent Civil War Show Sat/Sun December 1-2, 2012 Illumination Friday, November 30, Study Underway For Gun Carriages On The Square, Battle of Franklin 148th Anniversary Friday & Saturday – Nov 2-3, 2012 Confederate and Union Soldiers Wanted

September 2012 Battle of Franklin 148th Anniversary Friday & Saturday – Nov 2 – 3 2012 Confederate and Union Soldiers Wanted, Blue and Gray Days Friday-Saturday Nov 2 – 3, Concord Church Federal Campsite, Tennessee Civil War GIS Project, Special Announcement – Civil War License Plate

August 2012 David Logsdon author of Eyewitness series passes, Franklin Parks Dept Improving Fort Granger Addition, Special Announcement – Civil War License Plate, Battle of Franklin Postage Stamp Campaign Continues

July 2012 PETITION For A Battle of Franklin Postage Stamp, Battle of Franklin 148th Anniversary Friday & Saturday – November 2-3, 2012 Confederate and Union Soldiers Wanted, Audio Tour of Franklin Historic Parks Now Available, Work Day Planned For Loring’s Advance, Civil War, Model & Toy Soldier Show July 28th at Travellers Rest, $50,000 Fundraiser Announced for McGavock Confederate Cemetery

June 2012 “Incident at Fort Granger” at the Pull-Tight Theatre Sunday June 24 2:30PM, Carter Cotton Gin Goal Met

May 2012 United Kingdom CWRT Visits Franklin, Tennessee Sesquicentennial license plate

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ! ! ! Send Your Check In – Right Now, An Obscure Battle: Wheeler’s Raid on the Nashville & Decatur Railroad

April 2012 Video of Eric Jacobson at Loring’s Advance Tour , Arbor Day At Pinkerton Park Review, Park Day at Fort Granger Review, David Logsdon Web Site Now Has Eyewitnesses Source Material Posted

March 2012 Remembering Bill Heyd, Fort Granger “Park Day” Saturday March 31, 2012 — 8AM – 12 Noon, City of Franklin Arbor Day Saturday April 21 – 10 AM to 2 PM, Civil War Sesquicentennial License Plate Needs Your Help Right Now, Loring’s Advance Tour – March 17 Attracts 33 Visitors

February 2012 Loring’s Advance Tour Saturday, March 17 – 10 AM, Special Recognition Of Sam Gant and Richard Simpson Fort Granger “Park Day” Saturday March 31, 2012 — 8AM – 12 Noon

January 2012 Loring’s Advance Tour scheduled for February-March TBA, A Gift Remembering Lynn Owens, Fort Granger “Park Day” Saturday March 31, 2012 8AM – 12 Noon, Heading Back Home: The Story of Franklin’s Unknown Soldier DVD Now Available

December 2011 STFB Annual Meeting Held at St. Paul’s Otey Hall, Fund Raising for Loring’s Advance Underway, Civil War Show Dec 4-5 Well Attended

November 2011 Civil War Trust Signs Purchase Deal on Loring’s Advance Parcel, Mike Kent Civil War Show December 3-4, Franklin Illumination set for 4PM – November 30, 2011

October 2011 First Ever Tour of Loring’s Advance set for Saturday Nov 5 – 10:00 AM, STFB Annual meeting & Dinner Thursday, November 17, Franklin Illumination set for 4PM – November 30, 2011.

September 2011 Dedication of the Old Harpeth River Bridge Historical Marker, Battle of Franklin Annual Memorial Illumination Set For November 30, 2011, Schedule Now Set For The 147th Civil War Re-enactment, Belmont Mansion hosts Civil War Symposium Nov 11 & 12, 2011

August 2011 Sesquicentennial Signature Event “Civil War in the Borderland” Tuesday – Wednesday, Sept 6-7, 2011, Battle of Franklin 147th Re-enactment Saturday & Sunday October 15-16 Reminder to Register, Bill Heyd Joins the STFB Board, STFB Annual Meeting Set for November 17, 2011, The Old Harpeth River Bridge Historical Marker Dedication 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 27, 2011, The Willow Plunge Property Has Been Sold, The Eighth Battle of Franklin Descendants’ Reunion Sept 30- Oct 2, 2011.

July 2011 Parks Service Funding for Loring’s Advance Is Approved, United Kingdom CWRT Pledges for Loring’s Advance Purchase, Eyewitnesses at the Battle of Perryville Now Available At STFB Web Site, Franklin CWRT To Change Venue August 14th.

June 2011 “Lee and the Retreat from Gettysburg” Civil War Roundtable July 10 3:00 PM, STFB Advisory Board Tours Loring’s Advance, Bobby Hargrove Recognized with Robert Ragland Preservation Award, 147th Battle of Franklin October 15-16, 2011 Reminder to Register.

April 2011 147th Battle of Franklin October 15 – 16, 2011 Reminder to Register, Arbor Day & Fort Granger Tour, Visiting Downtown Franklin? There’s an App 4 That.

The ‘News in Review’ section includes a summary of a Tennessean article on progress of our Franklin battlefield land acquisition. Click on link below to read the full article.

Desire for tranquility saved battlefield land, Tennessean April 14, 2011

March 2011 147th Battle of Franklin Oct 14-16, 2011 Reminder to Register, The Official Civil War Sesquicentennial License Plate Project needs your help, Franklin Civil War Round Table to challenge General Hood history, April 10 – 3PM.

February 2011 “The Role of Flags in the Civil War” Thursday Feb 24, STFB Land Acquisition Update, Reenactment – 147th Franklin – Oct 14-16, 2011 Registration is up & Live.

January 2011 147th Battle of Franklin October 14-16 2011, Thomas R. Flagel – A Dynamic Speaker, Simpson Rides Once More, Civil War Show and the 9th Kentucky US Volunteers December 4&5

December 2010 STFB Annual Membership Meeting, Battle of Franklin Illumination

November 2010 STFB Annual Meeting & Dinner Thursday, December 2, 2010, Battle of Franklin Illumination Saturday November 20 Volunteers Needed and Welcome, Visit Blue & Gray Days November 19-21, Dick Simpson campaigns for Franklin in New Jersey, Civil War Show December 4-5 at Williamson County Ag Center.

October 2010 STFB Annual Meeting & Dinner Thursday, December 2, 2010, 2010 Franklin Civil War Days & 146th Anniversary Reenactment A Huge Success, Blue & Gray Days set for November 19-21, 2010, Battle of Franklin Illumination Saturday November 20 Volunteers Needed, Civil War Show December 4-5 at Williamson County Ag Center.

September 2010 CWPT and ABPP Purchase Spring Hill Battlefield Property, Roper’s Knob Land is for Sale, STFB Newsletter by Email, Register Now and Attend the 146th Battle of Franklin Oct 16-17, 2010.

August 2010 Eastern Flank Loop Road Funding Approved, STFB Land Acquisition Update, Register Now 146th Battle of Franklin – October 15-17 2010, Sweet Tea Festival To Benefit Battlefield Preservation Saturday, August 28, Thompson’s Station Festival Saturday, October 9, 2010 East Tennessee Preservation Conference – October 8 & 9.

July 2010 STFB Newsletter by Email, STFB Land Acquisition Update, More New Construction on BGA, Reenactment – 146th Battle of Franklin – October 15-17 2010.

June 2010 Register Now – 146th Battle of Franklin – October 15-17 2010, Eastern Flank Loop Road Update, It’s Official – Civil War Sesquicentennial license plate, STFB Land Acquisition Update

May 2010 STFB Board Plans Land Acquisition, 146th Battle of Franklin October 15 – 17, 2010 Registration is now open, Eastern Flank Loop Road Ranked Top priority, Hold On, There Collins Farm House May Be Pre-War After All

April 2010 146th Battle of Franklin Oct 15-17 2010 Registration is now open, Eastern Flank Loop Road Update, Triune Earthworks Tour Saturday May 1st 2010, Unknown Soldier Burial DVD Trailer Released, STFB at Franklin’s Arbor / Earth Day Event, Carnton Blue Gray Days November 19 -21.

March 2010 Earth Day – Fort Granger Tour, 10am-2PM, April 17, Park Day Scheduled for April 10, The Great Panic Being Incidents Connected with Two Weeks of the War In Tennessee by an Eyewitness, A Review of Williamson County: The Civil War as Seen through the Female Experience..

February 2010 We need your help – contact your Franklin Aldermen, Franklin’s Earth Day April 17, 2010, “The Legacy of Stones River: Why they fought” Symposium Saturday March 20, Carnton Blue Gray Days November 19,20,21; Franklin Civil War Days set for Oct 15,16,17.

January 2010 Is Preservation Over in Franklin?, E-mail address update, STFB Annual Membership Meeting, STFB 2010 Officers Elected.

December 2009 145th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin November 27-30, 2009, Battle of Franklin Illumination November 28, 2009.

November 2009 Simpson Opens Fall Campaign, 23rd Middle Tennessee Civil War Show At Tennessee State Fairgrounds December 5-6, 2009, Illumination Volunteers Needed November 28 – 1:00 PM, Harold J. McMurtry, STFB Past Board Member Remembered, Battle of Thompson’s Station November 7 Tour Recap, Civil War Days & Battle of Franklin 145th Anniversary November 28-30.

October 2009 STFB Annual Meeting and Dinner November 19, Dan Mora Rejoins STFB Board, Battle of Thompson’s Station Tour -Saturday November 7, Update on Construction at Roper’s Knob, 23rd Middle Tennessee Civil War Show at Fairgrounds Dec 5-6, Civil War Days Schedule November 28-30.

September 2009 Roper’s Knob Update, Funeral for Franklin’s Unknown Soldier, Cotton Gin Campaign Update.

August 2009 Unknown Soldier from the Franklin Battlefield, Cotton Gin Campaign Update, Volunteer Woodworkers to make Candle Blocks, Roper’s Knob Update, Hold These Dates

July 2009 STFB Joins Franklins Charge for Cotton Gin Campaign, Collins Farm Marker Dedication, Roper’s Knob Threat Update

June 2009 Roper’s Knob Threatened, Skirmish Demonstrations June 20-21 Saturday & Sunday, Franklins Unknown Soldier- Update.

May 2009 Remains of Federal Soldier Discovered at Franklin, Central Franklin Area Plan Update Underway, Franklin to Nashville, The Last Days of the Army of Tennessee, SUVCW Flag Day Ceremony, Franklin Civil War Roundtable.

April 2009 Susquehanna CWRT Hosts Dick Simpson, Franklins Charge Seminar June 18-20, 2009, Blue and Gray Education Society Announces Dec 2-5, 2009 Battle of Franklin In-Depth Tour, Franklin Civil War Roundtable.

March 2009 Spring Hill Battlefield Again Named Among Most Endangered, Spring Hill Battlefield Update, Park Day April 4, Your Chance to Volunteer.

February 2009 Dick Simpson Re-visits Franklin, A review of Williamson County: The Civil War As Seen Through The Female Experience Rick Warwick, Editor., James Lee McDonough to Address Franklin Civil War Round Table, Civil War Cavalry Seminar at Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville March 27th and 28th, 2009

January 2009 Franklin named one of “America’s Dozen, Distinctive Destinations”, Lotz House Opens as Civil War House Museum, STFB Annual Membership Meeting Summary, President Greg Wade and Board member Joe Smyth resign from STFB Board.

December 2008 Triune Fortification/Land Trust Meeting, Nashville Civil War Show, 2008 Illumination is Spectacular, Dick Simpson Closes 2008 Campaign.

November 2008 Illumination Reminder, Nashville Civil War Show, Stark County CWRT Helps STFB, STFB contributes to Carter House purchase, Franklin Civil War Round Table, STFB Tour of Harlinsdale Farm, Roper’s Knob Tour Recap.

October 2008 STFB Tour of Ropers Knob Saturday October 25, Nashville Civil War Show December 6 and 7, STFB Annual Membership Meeting at Harrison House November 13, Michael Skinner named to STFB Advisory Board, Battle of Franklin Illumination November 30th, Dick Simpson Continues his Fall Campaign, Franklin Civil War Roundtable, Calendar of Upcoming Events.

September 2008 Ben Nance Joins STFB Advisory Board, STFB Tour of Ropers Knob set for Saturday October 25, Sign up now to Volunteer for the Battle of Franklin Commemorative Illumination, Franklin Civil War Roundtable meets October 12.

August 2008 Harlinsdale Farm Tour Saturday, September 20, Civil War Trails Arrives in Franklin September 17, STFB Tour of Ropers Knob Set for October 25, STFB Annual Membership Meeting At Harrison House November 13.

July 2008 Exciting News from Franklin, STFB Advisory Board members named, STFB Annual Meeting November 13 at Harrison House, Franklin Civil War Roundtable, Civil War Tour of Harlinsdale Farm planned for September 20.

June 2008 Two Good Friends Move on, Harlinsdale Tour is Planned, Franklin Civil War Roundtable, October Plan For STFB Tour of Ropers Knob, STFB Annual Membership Meeting At Harrison House in November..

May 2008 John Bell Hood Historical Society Conference a Big Success, Franklin Civil War Roundtable, Rockland CWRT Gifts Franklin, Sultana Reunion a Big Success, 10% Discount for STFB Members, Dick Simpson Campaigns in Pennsylvania, Upcoming STFB Tours.

April 2008 Officers Elected for 2008, BGA Fleming Hall fate to be decided, Sesquicentennial License Plate Making Gains, TCWPA Video Previews Franklin 140 DVD, STFB sponsors Arbor Day Living History, Franklin/Williamson County Tennessee Civil War Trails Plan

March 2008 Roderick Honored, Fort Granger Tour Reminder, Sultana Descendents & Friends Meet in Franklin April 25-26, Robert E. Lee CWRT Makes Gift for Dick Simpson’s Efforts, Local Discussion Group, SCV Camp #59 Donates to Franklin Preservation.

February 2008 Fort Granger Tour scheduled for April 2008, Sultana Descendents to meet in Franklin, John Bell Hood Conference, Franklin Symposium “Fighting for the Heartland”.

January 2008 Ft. Negley Visitor Center opens, John Bell Hood Society Conference & Tours, Landmark Bookstore Civil War Group, Civil War Sesquicentennial License Plate Underway

December 2007 Dick Simpson Campaigns On….The Central Delaware CWRT Donates $350, Triune Earthworks Tour, Tennessee Valley CWRT Aids Franklin Battlefield, Nashville Civil War Show Dec 1-2, Valley Corps Confederate Volunteers Makes Gift to STFB

November 2007 143 Anniversary of The Battle of Franklin, Incident at Fort Granger, Carter House Visitor Center Kick-Off November 30, An Evening with Mort Kunstler, Jacobson Addresses 2007 STFB Annual Membership Meeting, Sam Huffman – 2007 Recipient of the Tennie Pinkerton Dozier Award

October 2007 Annual Meeting at Ferguson Hall, Tour of Triune Reminder, An Evening with Mort Kunstler, Civil War Show & Sale, Eyewitnesses at the Battle of Perryville.

September 2007 Mark Your Calendars For Triune Redux!, STFB Annual Meeting Announcement, New Friends In Sumter, SC Aid Franklin’s Battlefield, Monthly Discussion Group.

August 2007 Collins Farm Sale is Finalized, Mark Your Calendars – STFB Annual Meeting November 15, Carter House Descendent’s Reunion – October 19-21 2007, STFB Website Redesign.

July 2007 Tennessee Promises Nearly $1 Million to Eastern Flank, North Worchester County CWRT Aids Franklin Preservation, Michigan College Group Tours Battle of Franklin Sites, Dick Simpson Campaigns Out East

June 2007 Thompson’s Station Battlefield News, County schools’ central office won’t be relocating to old BGA campus, Simpson Strikes Again & Enlists Ron Young, K Co 19th Virginia Vol Inf Donates to Franklin, Quick Notes

May 2007 STFB Signs Letter of Intent to Sell Collins Farm, Special STFB Symposium Rate, A Sad Passing…

April 2007 Franklin Symposium Update “Why Franklin Matters, Pulitzer Award Author to Speak, New Book about the McGavock Confederate Cemetery, Simpson Teams with Pennsylvania CWRT, Mark your Calendars – Night at Negley

March 2007 Franklin Symposium Update, Battlefield Faces New Development, Statewide Preservation Conference, Thompson’s Station Battlefield News, Special Donation, Collins Farm Workday, Fort Granger Tour Scheduled, Eastern Flank Tour Report, County Schools Office not relocating to old BGA campus.

February 2007 Franklin Symposium Update, Franklin’s Eastern Flank Park Moves Forward, Carter House announces new Facilities, New STFB Marker At CSX Liberty Pike Underpass.

January 2007 Battle of Franklin Symposium Preview, Special Donation, Civil War Round Table Contributions, BoF Self Guided Driving Tour Map.

December 2006 142nd BoF Anniversary Review, BoF Symposium Announcement, Carter House Acquisition, Special Donations, TCWPA Flag Ceremony, BoF Driving Tour map, Civil War Show

November 2006 Annual Meeting Preview, 142nd BoF Anniversary Preview, Eastern Flank Progress

October 2006 Annual Meeting Preview, 142nd BoF Anniversary Preview, Special Donation

September 2006 142nd BoF Anniversary Preview, Franklin Visitors, Annual Meeting Announcement, Special Donation

August 2006 Eastern Flank Tour Preview

July 2006 Chicago CWRT Donates to STFB, Eastern Flank Battlefield Tour set for Saturday August 19, Collins Farm Corncrib Repairs, Destruction Energizes Murfreesboro Groups

June 2006 Become a Preservation Volunteer, Thompson’s Station Festival STFB Booth, Parker’s Crossroad Battlefield Dedication

May 2006 Collins Farm Yard Work and Guests, Franklin’s Charge Update

April 2006 Thompson’s Station Festival and Tour, Tour of Triune Earthworks, Two of our Good Ones are Gone, Collins Farm – 2006, New Book on Franklin & Spring Hill

March 2006 Tour of Triune Earthworks April 1st, Franklin Receives Preservation Award, Valley Corps Confederate Volunteers Donates to STFB, A Note on Giving

February 2006 STFB Tours for 2006, Eastern Flank Celebration, Landmark Bookstore hosting Civil War Book Club

January 2006 Eastern Flank Park Celebration, Parkers Crossroads Battlefield Park, David Fraley Honored with Dozier Award, New STFB Battlefield Marker For Liberty Pike Underpass

December 2005 The 141st Anniversary Battle of Franklin March from Winstead Hill, Breaking News: The Pizza Hut is Gone, Franklin Plans for Harlinsdale, But More Good News

November 2005 BOF Anniversary Events, 2005 Preservation March Update, Peninsula CWRT Buys Chunk of Golf Course, STFB 2005 Annual Meeting, Ancient Battlefield Tree Demise, NPS To Study Battlefields in Williamson county, STFB Support of Franklins Charge Grows

October 2005 STFB Annual Membership Meeting, Collins Farm Mortgage Note Burning October 22, 2005 Winstead Hill Marchers and Donation to date by State, Rendering of Collins Farmhouse

September 2005 2005 Reenactors Preservation March for Franklin Approaches, Why are We Marching?, Mortgage Note Burning at Collins Farm, Photo Chronology of Storm Damage to Collins Farm

August 2005 School Board Intends to Build on Old BGA Campus – We Need Your Help, 2005 Preservation March for Franklin and Collins Farm Celebration, List of Williamson County School Board; List of Williamson County Commissioners, A Petition to Save the Battlefield at BGA, 140th Battle of Franklin DVD Available

July 2005 The Collins Farmhouse, Thank You to STFB Members, Good News from the County & City, Collins Farm TLC Day, Collins Farm Repair Funding, Government vs. Preservationists over Possible Franklin School Project, Sponsor a Battlefield Marker, Franklin Battlefield makes Tennessee Endangered site list, 2005 Reenactor’s March, Williamson County contributes to Franklin Efforts

June 2005 Breaking News: Collins Farm – We Now Own It, Big Thank You goes To Sam Davis Camp of SCV, Collins Farm TLC-Day Sat. July 9, Franklin Battlefield makes Tennessee Endangered site list, Urgent appeal fundraising for 112 Acre battlefield purchase

May 2005 Big News (Pizza Hut Property), STFB helps host preservation groups annual meeting on May 23, 2005, Franklin’s Charge Update, Historic Carter House given the gift of another Historic Home, News Brief (Robert Hatton Camp of the SCV donation), Special Thanks (South Bay CWRT Gift), Heritage Conference Scheduled

April 2005 TCWPA Plans Annual Meeting in Franklin, Preservationist Leader addresses Franklin Coalition, National Park Day at Ft. Granger April 2, 2005, Pennsylvania Helps Franklin (Lancaster County Civil War Living History Association), Corporate Matching Grants, Thompson’s Station Tour conducted by Save the Franklin Battlefield, Symbol of Battlefield Destruction May be Purchased, National Geographic: On Battlefield Preservation, $1,535 for Franklin’s Charge, Preservationist Leader addresses Franklin Coalition, County Property Committee Strategy for Old BGA Property

March 2005 Valley Corps Confederate Volunteers Make Gift to STFB, Battle of Thompson’s Station Tour, Living History at Fort Granger Part, Saturday, April 2, 2005, Franklin Aldermen vote to match Battlefield Park Funds, What a Mess (Collins Farm Damage), Local Walmart Provides Gift

February 2005 Collins Farm Needs you! Collins Farm Suffers Serious Storm Damage, Mark your Calendars (Thompson’s Station Tour), Authentic Campaigner Makes Gift to STFB, Private Adrian Parsons, Franklin and Williamson Co. Residents Support Battlefield Preservation, New Battle of Franklin Map now Available

January 2005 STFB Tours & Events for 2005, Upcoming 2005 Events, New Battle of Franklin Map Now Available, Harper’ Pictorial History of the Civil War – The Battle of Franklin, November 1864

December 2004 Fort Negley Dedication Ceremony, Franklin’s Charge Update (Fund raising nears its goal), STFB Booth at Civil War Show Dec 4-5

November 2004 Reopening of Fort Negley, Franklin’s Charge Leader Provides Update, Latest version of Eyewitnesses at the Battle of Nashville now Available, Year End Gift Planning

October 2004 Chicago CWRT Donates to STFB, The Watchdog Donates to STFB, STFB to Hold Annual Mtg in November, The 140th Anniversary Battle of Franklin Reenactment, City commits $2.5M in matching funds to by the Country Club, 5th Carter House Descendants Reunion a success

September 2004 Special Edition 140th Event Preview: Volunteers are Still Needed, 140th Franklin Program of Events, Medal of Honor Ceremony, School Days: 140th Anniversary Battle of Franklin, Souvenir 140th Program Ads, Pre-Event 140th Ticket Sales, Special Thanks to Dusty Chapman, Authentic Campaigner Preservation Project

August 2004 Mayor’s National Battlefield Park Proposal, Franklin’s Charge Official Kickoff at the Carnton Plantation, Mayor supports Purchase of Pizza Hut Property.

July 2004 STFB puts out Call for Volunteers for 140th Franklin, STFB Tour of Fort Granger, Hellers explain motive for Purchasing Country Club

June 2004 STFB Participates in Smithsonian Exhibit, Collins’ Farm and the Eastern Flank Tour, Brentwood Historic Seniors Introduced to STFB, 140th Anniversary is just around the Corner, CWRT of Naples, FL donates to STFB, South Bay CWRT of Los Gatos, CA donates to STFB

May 2004 Roper’s Knob May be Leased to City in Conservation Deal, ABPP&CWPT Conference in Nashville 19-24 Apr 2004, Collins’ Farm and The Eastern Flank tour in May, Country Club Members Oppose Battlefield Restoration

April 2004 TCWPA Taps Smyth as Board Member, Battlefield Plan Underway, JB Hood society Pledges $1500 to STFB, Guide to Civil War Nashville published, More Details on Roper’s Knob, A Survey of Civil War Military Sites in Tennessee, Franklin Celebrates Federal Preservation Community Status

March 2004 CWPT Names Franklin One of America’s Most Endangered Battlefields, Harlinsdale Farm Update, STFB Releases List of Possible Civil War Parks, STFB and Friends Tour Ropers Knob

February 2004 Ropers Knob Tour Set for March 13, Symposium, Slavery and the Civil War in Tennessee at MTSU Campus Mar 6, 2004, United Kingdom CWRT donate to STFB, Civil War Preservation Trust’s Annual Conference comes to Nashville

January 2004 Upcoming 2004 STFB Events, National Parks Service Funds Preservation Plan, Collins Farm Mortgage Status, 140th Anniversary Battle of Franklin Reenactment Update, Volunteers for the 140th, “Forty for Franklin – 2003” Sponsorship To-Date

December 2003 2003 Annual Meeting (Welcome Tommy Burnett and Harold McMurtry, Upcoming National Battlefield Conferences Come to Nashville, STFB Booth at Civil War Show, Commissioners Make Plans for Old BGA Campus

November 2003 STFB Annual Membership Meeting, Carnton Descendant Buys 100 Acres of Battlefield, Preservation Wins Out in Election (Pam Lewis), Collins Farm Mortgage Good News, IBM Donates to Battlefield Preservation, European Visitors at Franklin Civil War Sites, Forty for Franklin March Raises nearly $10,000 for Battlefield Preservation

October 2003 Reenactors March for Collins Farm, 40 for Franklin, TAG Event Raises $7,116 for Collins Farm, Future of old BGA Campus Still Uncertain

September 2003 Forty for Franklin – 2003: Reenactors to March for Battlefield Preservation at Franklin Tennessee, 140th Anniversary Battle of Franklin Reenactment, From the Mouth of a Marcher, Sponsorship to Date “40 for Franklin – 2003” November 7-8

September 2003 Forty for Franklin Nov 7 & 8, 140th Anniversary Battle of Franklin Reenactment Planned for Oct 2004, From the Mouth of a Marcher (David Fraley), Advance Guard Tactical Oct 17-19 Calls for Volunteers

August 2003 Forty for Franklin – 2003, Battlefield Subcommittee Meeting Aug 14, 2003, Advance Guard Tactical Oct 17-19 Calls for Volunteers, STFB Senior Citizens Presentation

July 2003 Parkways Commons Shopping Center Approved by Franklin aldermen, Carter House Celebrates 50 Years as Historic Property, Collins Farm Mortgage Status, Subcommittee Formed to Protect Battlefields (City of Franklin)

June 2003 Shopping Center clears Second Reading, City of Franklin Receives Historical Preservation Grant, Preservation Coalition Meets at Winstead Hill

May 2003 Call to Arms (Vote to rezone for Parkways Commons), A Day in the Garden At Collins Farm, Collins Farm Damaged During 5 May Storm, Historian Plans CWRT Presentations, Last Living Widow of a Civil War Veteran turns 96

April 2003 Call to Arms (Rezoning for Commercial Property South of Winstead Hill), STFB has a new Logo, Donation Made to STFB in Memory of Pam Cummings, In the wake of the Storm Tour, Collins Farm Work Day Apr 19, Women’s History Month by EJ Neeley, Tusculum Group Visits Franklin, A Day in the Garden at Collins Farm, A Soldier’s Story (by a soldier in the 128th Indiana Infantry)

March 2003 First STFB Tour Planned for April 13, Reenactment of the Battle of Franklin to commemorate the 140th Anniversary is Planned, Jim Lighthizer, CWPT Address to Franklin Preservationists at the Carter House Feb 21

February 2003 CWPT Unveils Most endangered Battlefields Report (Franklin Battlefield in top 25) Lecture Interpreting the Battle of Franklin, Feb 27 (Heritage Foundations Lecture Series), Preservation Strategy, Collins’ Farm Begins national Register Process

January 2003 STFB Fundraising Seminar Jan 19, Bush Approves Money for Battlefield Preservation, Widow Gertrude Janeway Dies at age 93 (Last widow of a Union Civil War Veteran), Eyewitnesses at the Battle of Stones River is back in Print, The 40 for Franklin March Treks Onward,

December 2002 40 for Franklin Results to date, 2003 Fundraising Session Jan 19th

November 2002 Annual Meeting 2002, 750 troops and sutlers converge on Carnton (Franklin138th), Congress passes $50 M Civil War Battlefield Preservation Act of 2002, Re-enactors March for Collins Farm “40 for Franklin”

October 2002 County Buys Additional BGA Parcels, Battle of Franklin Reenactment Nov 15-17 (138th), TCWJJPA tours Collins Farm, Descendants Reunion Oct 2002

August 2002 STFB Tour “First Blood – The War Comes Home” Aug 25th , CWPT purchases Battlefield Property in Hardeman County TN

July 2002 Editorial: Why Should I vote?, The 36th Illinois Infantry Battle Flag at the Battle of Franklin, Parks Director boasts a Grand Vision for Franklin, State land lease offers space for Carnton Visitors Center

June 2002 Civil War Preservation Trust Announces Winners of the 2002 Preservation Awards, Battlefield versus Books, Lotz House vacant and For Sale, Ben Stein’s Money, Donated for Preservation

May 2002 STFB Reassesses Position on Williamson County Commissioners, Carter House first Discovery Trail Award Winner, Library Ground Broken at BGA Tennis courts, STFB Awarded Certificate of Merit from Tennessee historical Commission

March 2002 Civil War Preservation Trust names Franklin One of America’s Most Endangered Battlefields, Ben Stein Visits Franklin Battlefield, Update on New Library on the Battlefield Site, STFB Develops Speaker Program (Speaks to TROA members), Mrs. Felicia Grundy Porter subject of Women’s History Month, Collins Farm makes Public Debut, CWPT Annual Meeting to be held at Franklin Apr 2002

February 2002 Georgia Historian Researches and Walks Franklin Battlefield (Robert D. Jenkins), Collins Farm Clean Up, Historical Commission Members Tour Franklin, McLemore House declared restored; Celebration starts

January 2002 BGA Petition Drive Continues, Collins Farm March raises $12,699, Ed Bearss to Speak in Nashville for Battle of Nashville Preservation Society, Brentwood Historical Society Founder’s Celebration Sat Feb 2, 2002, Williamson County Historical Society Raises Money for it’s Marker Fund, STFB Fund Raising Projects, STFB of Collins Farm set for March 3

December 2001 A call for volunteers for Collins’ Farm cleanup,1830s school (Boiling Springs Academy) still has lessons, Architects unveil new design for Williamson County library, Christmas 1864.

November 2001 STFB Annual Meeting Report (Robert Jenkins, Sr., spoke on Loring’s Division at Battle of Franklin), The incredible shrinking mortgage, Year-end gift planning, The STFB Marker Program, County hires consultant for CW park, Northern group (Salt Creek CWRT, Wheaton, IL) funds new Civil War marker, BGA petitions pour in. Preservation results by David Fraley, STFB Board member profile (Suzanne Burns), McGavock Cemetery Tour, Salt Creek Civil War round Table visitors, Jefferson County Civil War round table visitors (Madison, IN, Nathan Bedford Forrest and Patrick Cleburne Prints Available.

October 2001 Re-enactors’ march for Collins’ Farm, New library will stay at old BGA site, McGavock Confederate Cemetery tour, Breakdown of pledges for Collins’ Farm, Salt Creek CWRT to tour Franklin battlefield sites, Annual Patrick Cleburne Society dinner to benefit Collins’ Farm, A petition to Williamson County Commission requesting no further construction on the Old BGA campus. McGavock Cemetery by David Logsdon.

September 2001 Reenactors’ march for Collins’ Farm, Franklin works to preserve its soul and its charm (Historic resources catalogued, recommendations made), County will fund up to $8 million for library on Old BGA site, (CWPT) Endangered battlefield nominations, Collins’ Farm receives grant (from Order of the Southern Cross), Dinner to benefit Collins’ Farm (Patrick Cleburne Society), Preservation Dinner (Salt Creek CWRT), CWPT accepting nominations for endangered battlefields report, Guest Editorial from one of our members (Herchel Smith).

August 2001 Our Hyssop Hill property has a new name—Collins’ Farm, (County Commissioner, Chuck) Eades says that it isn’t too late to stop construction on the real battlefield, Masonic Lodge boasts Civil War graffiti, STFB Board member profile (Kim Hoover), STFB needs your help (opposing new library on BGA property), Collins’ Farm (history).

July 2001 Who & Where We Are, National preservation community watches Franklin, Volunteers needed (for repair and maintenance of Hyssop Hill house and property)

June 2001 3.22 acres of battlefield is ours, Last-minute moves not enough to prevent building a school near the Harrison House, Financial report on the Hyssop Hill land purchase, Downtown Battle of Franklin tour a big success, Additional “Eyewitnesses” books by David Logsdon.

May 2001 Late breaking news!!! (Hyssop Hill contract), Preservation pioneers to be honored by the Heritage Foundation, National Heritage Area on the Civil War in Tennessee, Our second-ever Battle of Franklin hospital tour, The History Channel Save Our History, Civil War battlefields, Franklin battlefield status upgraded, Got something for the newsletter?

April 2001 Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association annual meeting, Crucial Civil War site to be sold (Absalom Thompson House in Spring Hill—where Hood slept Nov. 29, 1864), “Letter from Franklin (from Col. Emerson Opdyke).

March 2001 Opdycke marker dedication—March 17, 2001, News in Review submitted by Sam Gant, Preservationists protest building new schools close to historic sites (Harrison House), A special first lady (Sarah Childress Polk),, STFB’s tour of Thompson’s Station.

February 2001 Eyewitnesses at the Battle of Franklin, now available from STFB, STFB needs your help! (proposed location for new library), Harpers’ Pictorial History of the Civil War: The Battle of Franklin, Opdycke’s brigade historic marker dedication, STFB’s first battlefield tour for 2001 (Thompson’s Station).

January 2001 Noted historian Ed Bearss to speak to BONPS members and guests Feb. 20, 2001 at Richland Country Club, “The Fight at Franklin,” STFB Letter to Editor, Williamson A.M. protesting proposed library at old BGA, Salt Creek CWRT in Weaton, IL, helping STFB.

December 2000 Pressing on with fundraising efforts for “Hyssop Hill” (Collins’ Farm) property, Williamson County School Board plans to build new school across from the Harrison House, Stones River National Battlefield is again the scene of attack (from unprecedented growth and development).

November 2000 STFB plans purchase of battlefield property (Collins’ Farm), Tennie Pinkerton Dozier Award for 2000 (presented to Thomas Cartwright).

October 2000 2nd Annual Meeting of the Patrick Cleburne Society on Dec. 1, McGavock Confederate Cemetery Illumination Tour, From 1861-1865 Personal: recollections by CSA Capt. James Dinkin,

September 2000 Carter House Descendants’ Reunion, Oct. 14, Rob Hodge to speak at (STFB) Annual Meeting, Metro Park’s recent tour of Nashville’s Fort Negley, Roper’s Knob Tour conducted by STFB, Civil War treasure found in the Tennessee River (Four Union vessels near Johnsonville), Another battle to Fight (industrial park development proposed adjacent to Spring Hill battlefield park).

August 2000 Roper’s Knob Tour, Salt Creek CWRT (Wheaton, IL) contributes to marker fund, The Opdycke Marker, Battle of Nashville sponsors tour of Fort Negley. Tragic tale of a child’s death at the Battle of Franklin,

July 2000 Matching grant programs multiplies your gifts, STFB web site now accepts American Express, San Diego CWRT makes donation to STFB for 2nd year, Roper’s Knob tour coming soon.

June 2000 STFB efforts featured in e-magazine (, STFB first Battle of Franklin hospital tour, A letter from Franklin (Emerson Opydycke), STFB Hospital Tour enrolls new members.

May 2000 Buying your books at Amazon helps STFB, STFB offers its first Battle of Franklin Hospital Tour, “The Conquered Banner” (A poem by Fr. Abram Ryan)

April 2000 Brentwood Battlefield Tour, Students offer support for stone walls’ legislation, “A Land Without Ruins” (A poem by Fr. Abram Ryan), STFB 2001 calendar looking iffy.

March 2000 Brentwood Battlefield Tour-rescheduled, Letter from Franklin, cont’d (from Sgt. Joseph O’Brian, CSA), The story of Mary Ann Gay

February 2000 Brentwood Battlefield Tour, Letter from Franklin (from Sgt. Joseph O’Brian, CSA), Patrick Cleburne Society Seminar, Sponsors sought for 2001 STFB calendar, Irish Confederate Memorial Service

January 2000 Marker Fund update: STFB to place marker on Old Franklin High School property, STFB web site update, Roper’s Knob to open as city park this spring, STFB 2000 Driving Tours, (John Bell) Hood after he resigns

December 1999 STFB Donates $2,250 for Cotton Gin Purchase, Big STFB Thank-You To Outgoing President, Commemorative STFB Postcard Available, STFB Calendar Update, Just So You’ll Know – STFB Membership Profile, Kroger Calendar Sale Volunteers, McGavock Cemetery Illumination Tour Report, First Annual Patrick Cleburne Society Dinner Report, Stones River National Battlefield Ranger Walks December 26-31, Artillery Demonstrations January 1-2

November 1999 Volunteers Needed at Ropers Knob, STFB 2000 Day-by-Day Calendar Now Available, President E J Neeley Says Farewell, Patrick Cleburne Society Sets First Annual Dinner November 27, STFB Annual Meeting November 4, Lobby Copy STFB Calendars Available, STFB V…__Mail

September 1999 STFB Taking Orders For 2000 Calendar, Franklin Historic Battlefield Sites Announce Anniversary Events Schedule, McGavock Cemetery Illumination Tour Rescheduled to November 26, Patrick Cleburne Society Sets First Annual Dinner November 27, Telegrams and Dispatches Sent/Received November 30 1864, Special Member Offer for “Retreat From Pulaski to Nashville, Tenn” Still On, STFB Members Needed As Volunteers

July 1999 STFB Board Approves New Marker for Opdycke’s Countercharge Site, STFB 2000 Civil War in Williamson County Day-by-Day Calendar Underway, The Battle of Franklin – Lotz House Museum, “November 29, 1864 – Destiny or Disaster” Symposium at Sprong Hill Oct 15-17, McGavock Cemetery Illumination Tour November 27

June 1999 Our Favorite Australians Return to Franklin, Battle of Nashville Monument Rededication Set for June 26, Dell Computer Won’t Build at Stones River Battlefield, Stones River National Battlefield Events Schedule, McGavock Cemetery Illumination Tour November 27, David Fraley Will Discuss Hood’s Retreat July 15

May 1999 First Battle of Franklin Tour Report, Three Historical Markers Placed, Remembrances of the Past – BGA Museum Houses Impressive Collection, Can Growth and Civil War Sites Mix? – Grant to Help Provide Zoning Answers, Battle of Nashville Monument Update, McGavock Cemetery Illumination Tour November 27

April 1999 Ropers Knob Tour April 10, First Battle of Franklin Cavalry Fight Overlooked, Heritage Foundation Tour of Homes May 1-2, First Battle of Franklin Driving Tour May 23, Civil War Sites Lost Bit by Bit – State Preservationists Say Landowners Need Help, Grant Earmarked for 31 South Corridor Study, Tools of the Time – Carnton Exhibits Surgical Tools, Get Added to STFB Email List, Tennessee Legislature Authorizes Civil War Sites Historical License Plate

March 1999 Thompson’s Station Battlefield Tour Set for March 28, First Battle of Franklin Tour Set for May 23, Featured Book of March and April – “One Day of the Civil War : April 10, 1863”, Frances Courtney by E J Neeley, WCHS Helps County Celebrate 200 Years of History, Rose Hill Cemetery Illumination Tour – April 17, Spring Hill Battlefield Attracts Grant

February 1999 Several STFB Tours Planned for 1999, Attention Treasure Hunters – Join a CWRT, Forgotten General Story Continues, Battle of Nashville Monument Rededication, 1999 Calendar Project Update, Illumination Tour of McGavock Cemetery Planned

January 1999 San Diego CWRT and Salt Creek CWRT Name STFB as Preservation Projects, History Goes Up Against Progress, Battle of Nashville Monument Update, Sometimes Forgotten General – George Washington Gordon, STFB Warehouse in Operation

December 1998 STFB Historic Marker Dedicated at Cotton Gin Site, Letter from Col Emerson Opdycke, Brigade Commander behind Carter House, Carnton Mansion Mentioned in ‘Forbes’ and Featured on C-SPAN, Main Street Association gets Grant for Video, The Mayor Wore Blue (Jerry Sharber plays Yankee Surgeon in “Incident at Fort Granger”)

November 1998 What People Are Saying About the STFB Calendar, Retailers Selling the STFB Calendar, Battle of Franklin Anniversary Events, Report on STFB Annual Meeting

October 1998 STFB 1999 Day by Day Calendar IS HERE, Dr Wayne Moore to Speak at STFB Annual Meeting, Carter Cotton Gin Marker Update, STFB Web Site Update List of Federal Dead, Carter House and Carnton Plantation to Help City Celebrate Bicentennial, Only Two Civil War Widows Remain Alive,

September 1998 1999 Civil War in Williamson County Day by Day Calendar Promotion, Australian STFB Members Visit Franklin, New Markers at Fort Granger, Cemetery Tour Oct 3

August 1998 STFB Announces 1999 Civil War in Williamson County Day by Day Calendar, Heritage Park Will Commemorate City’s Bicentennial, The Bicentennial Mall in Nashville, Harpeth River Cleanup in Franklin, In Gettysburg History and Commerce Collide

July 1998 Carter House and County Close to Land Swap, Bicentennial Celebrates Civil War Life, Forrest’s Cavalry Rides Again, Civil War Buff Arrested, Update on Cotton Gin Marker, STFB Announces 1999 Civil War in Williamson County Day by Day Calendar, Indian Festival Held in Franklin

June 1998 STFB Has New Logo, Funds Raised for Cotton Gin Marker, Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association (TCWPA) Organized, Bicentennial Festival News, Cemeteries to be Toured Oct 3

May 1998 Descendants Reunion October 9-11, Rededication Set For Battle of Nashville Monument, Annual Civil War Relic Show & Sale, Civil War Driving Trail Will Have 25 Markers, Letter from W H Reynolds Co E 29th Ga Inf to his sister, Historic Carnton Plantation Reopens for Tours, City-County Conference Center Debuts

April 1998 Fort Granger Tour April 26, Tour of Homes May 2-3, Update on Community Center Near Carter House, Bids Awarded for Winstead Hill Passive Park, Franklin Board Oks Buffers around Land on Historic Register, Letter from Adam J Weaver 104th to his wife Charlotte

March 1998 “First Blood – The War Comes Home” Tour of First Franklin, Thompson’s Station and Brentwood, Letter From Willis Hansford 12th Ky Inf Regt, Update On New Community Center Near Carter House, Carter House Descendants Reunion Oct 9-11, Tour of Homes May 2-3

February 1998 Community Center next to Carter House Proceeds, STFB Plans First Driving Tour, Descendants Reunion October 9-11, Reminiscences of C E Merrill, Conference Center Plans on Target, Freedom Middle Students get Glimpse of Civil War Life, Franklin Historic Zoning Plan Advances, Future African-American Museum Gets TLC

December 1997 President Neeley reports STFB 1997 activities, Ridley Wills speaks on “Old Enough to Die”, Gale Haddock receives STFB Tennie Pinkerton Dozier Award, Letter from R G Phillips Co B 24th Miss, Brantley’s Brigade, Tennessee 2nd Infantry living history at Fort Granger, Franklin may expand historic zone, Restoration begins on McLemore House, Winstead Hill dedication of Brigadiers Walk, Carter House Commemorates 130th Battle Anniversary

November 1997 STFB Online Book Store Expanded, Annual Membership Meeting November 16, Retreat From Nashville Tour November 23, Letter from Pleasant M Hope Co D 46th Tenn Inf, Rick Warwick Wins Heritage Foundation Patrons Award, Battle of Nashville Ground Breaking December 13, City Approves Historic design Guidelines, Pearce Champions historic preservation

October 1997 Ridley Wills to Speak at Membership Meeting November 16, County Conference Center wins final approval, STFB Newsletter now has “Letters From Franklin” column, 130 mile driving tour to link Civil War sites, Nashville Peace Monument under restoration, Letter from Pvt James A McCord Co G 30th Ga Inf, Gen John Adams Exhibit at Lotz House, Battle of Nashville Reenactment set for October 24-26.

September 1997 IBM Donates New Computer to STFB, Ropers Knob Paid Off, Lotz House Gets Non-Profit Status, African American Museum Chronicles Life of Community, Carving a Controversy – Forrest Statue Planned for I-65, Battle of Brentwood Tour October 5

August 1997 STFB Seeks Donations for Historic Markers, Battle of Brentwood Tour set for October 5, Retreat From Nashville Tour Set for October 24, Williamson County Debuts Web Site, Ropers Knob Debt Close to Retirement, Heritage Foundation and African American Heritage Society Close on McLemore House

June 1997 Heritage Foundation buys Cotton Gin Site – STFB Donates $500 for Cotton Gin Purchase – Lotz House Donates $1,000 for Cotton Gin Purchase – Heritage Foundation to ask Civil War Trust to assist campaign to build Franklin Battlefield Park – Report on Sultana Descendents Reunion – Jerry Potter to sign his “The Sultana Tragedy – America’s Greatest Maritime Disaster” at Lotz House June 28 -The Tennessean articles for June – Civil War Trust President keynotes Heritage Foundation annual meeting – Franklin’s downtown revitalization hailed in new book – Carter House area reclamation now Heritage Foundation No. 1 priority – Carter Cotton gin may be first reclaimed – Events mark unveiling of Fort Granger historical markers – Deal made for black heritage museum at McLemore House

April 1997 First Battle of Franklin Tour a Big Success, Carter House Now Has Web Site, Lotz House Announces Web Site, STFB Fund Raising Items For Sale, STFB Newsletter Now Has New Look, Battle of Franklin Park Under Study, The Hermitage Gets $2.5 Million Renovation, Stones River Battlefield Park seeks $300,000 for 13 acre expansion, Forrest’s Hometown Dedicates Wall in His Honor

March 1997 Battle of Thompson’s Station Tour Draws Large Crowd, About STFB Battlefield Tours, 1st Battle of Franklin Tour Set for April 19, Confederate Cemetery Illumination Set for May 24, 1997, Heritage Foundation Buys Ropers Knob, Franklin Receives ABPP Grant to Study Battlefield Preservation, “The Black Flower” Book Signing at the Lotz House, STFB Web Site Live at, Franklin Bicentennial Celebration Continues

January 1997 Summary of “Franklin National Park Committee” formed in 1913 – Report on STFB 1996 Finances – STFB Baseball Caps, T-shirts, Bumper Stickers, Belt Buckles and “Retreat” Books for sale

December 1996 Report on STFB Annual Meeting and Officers – STFB Web Site is available online – Two Member letters laud STFB labors – Carter House Reunion Draws 160 direct descendents from 23 States – Two dozen make the Annual Commemorative March from Winstead Hill to the Carter House – Last living Confederate Soldier Widow, Alberta Martin, visits Lotz House Nov 30

November 1996 Report on Annual and 1997 Officers – Short history of Hiram Masonic Lodge – Tennie Pinkerton Award presented to Chapter #14 UDC – Sam Huffman demonstrates a proposed web site for STFB – Commemorative March to Carter House set for Nov 29-30 – Carter House Candlelight Tour Dec 7-8

October 1996 Heritage Foundation Purchases Roper’s Knob – “1,000 Friends of Ropers Knob” Campaign announced by Heritage Foundation – “Retreat” Books now sold by Carnton, Carter House, Lotz House, Franklin Booksellers, Elder’s Book Store, and Dad’s Old Books – STFB Annual Meeting Nov 17, Tom Bain to Speak – STFB Illumination of Confederate Cemetery Nov 23

September 1996 Thirty attend on Battle of Thompson’s Station Tour – Short history of Confederate Statue on the Square – 125th Re-enactment paperweights and belt buckles for sale – Carter House Descendents Reunion Oct 4-5-6 – STFB Annual Meeting Nov 17 – STFB Illumination of Confederate Cemetery Nov 23

August 1996 Dedication of Historic Marker at Highway 96 Trench Line, STFB Planning Its Own Web Site, Recalling Who We Are, Battle of Thompson’s Station Tour Set for August 24, Carter House Descendants’ Reunion Set for October 4, 5 & 6, STFB Has Reprinted “Retreat from Pulaski to Nashville, Tenn” Now for Sale

Spring 1996 STFB set activities for 1996 – Illumination at Confederate Cemetery, Tour of Thompson’s Station battle, Tour of Hood’s Retreat, Historic Marker at Cotton Gin Site – STFB reprints 1909 book “Retreat From Pulaski to Nashville, Tenn” as fund raiser – with review by Patrick Craddock – STFB Bumper Stickers for sale to raise funds and promote group

February 1996 STFB Places their first Historic Marker at trench line on Hwy 96 West – Report on Annual Meeting and Election of 1996 Officers – STFB Receives $2,000 from October Re-enactment – Report on STFB Booth at re-enactment – Sketch of civilian’s experiences as they shelter in Carter House basement

October 1995 Short history of Historic Lotz House – Short summary of “The Williamson Grays” at the Battle of Franklin – STFB Annual Meeting set for Nov 12, Dr Michael Bradley to speak – Oct 27-29 Re-enactment of Battles of Spring Hill, Franklin, Nashville at Spring Hill – Middle Tenn CWRT at 7pm Oct 12 – Battlefield Conference set for 26-27

November 1993 STFB officers for 1993 listed, Statue of Patrick Cleburne to be unveiled at Winstead Hill Nov 28, March to Carter House will follow unveiling, Candlelight Tour of Homes scheduled Dec 4-5 – Carnton Plantation will host Children’s Celebration Dec 4 – Reflections that only 3% of our most important Civil War battlefields are protected in National Parks

September 1993 ABPP $7,640 Grant to fund Battle of Franklin Driving Tour Map – 1993 Preservation Conference set for Oct 23-24 – Civil War Sites Advisory Commission announces ratings for battlefields at Spring Hill, Franklin and Nashville – STFB newsletter will feature combined calendar of all local events

May 1993 Report on May 3 Annual Meeting, WDCN Chan 8 did program “The Vanishing Civil War” Membership Meeting set for May 20 at Hiram Masonic Lodge, Membership Meeting to focus on strategies and plans