After 154 years, the names of the Battle of Franklin dead echo again across the battlefield


After 154 years, the names of the Battle of Franklin dead echo again across the battlefield

PHOTOS BY ANDREW COLLIGNON

154 years after the single-most traumatic event in the history of Franklin, the names of the men who died during or after the fighting on Nov. 30, 1864, were read aloud and candles representing the casualties in the battle were lighted inside and outside the Carnton mansion.

Due to a forecast of possible heavy rain, organizers of the annual memorial were ready to move the ceremonies inside the mansion, which was one of many buildings in Franklin used to treat the wounded in the bloody battle. This was the first time ever that the illumination happened inside the house.

In addition to paper sack luminaries arrayed on the lawn of Carnton, hundreds of battery-operated “tea lights” decorated the interior of the historic home.

A company of reenactors fired a cannon salute, and some spent the night on site.

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Reenactors begin to gather around the memorial field.
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Reenactors rest on porch rocking chairs at Carnton.
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The gathering crowd looks over the field of luminaries.

 

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A soldier grabs a bite out of a period appropriate mess kit. A number of soldiers spent the night at the site.
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A reenactor carries the tea lights in his hat as he helps with set-up.

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Another young volunteer walks carefully among the lights.
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A soldier takes a smoke break.
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The crowd begins to merge with the reenactors.
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Each bag represents a casualty: someone wounded or killed.
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A soldier volunteer takes a prayer-like pose as he sets up lights.
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Each light represents a casualty: someone wounded or killed.
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Luminaries line the balcony railings of Carnton.

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Battle of Franklin Trust CEO Eric Jacobsen talks about the toll of the battle.
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The plantation house was a dramatic sight, and ceremony visitors were able to tour the house.

 

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