Luminaries to honor Battle of Franklin casualties on Nov. 30

Luminaries to honor Battle of Franklin casualties on Nov. 30

On Wednesday, Nov. 30, The Battle of Franklin Trust will once again display luminaries at dusk to honor the casualties inflicted during the Battle of Franklin 152 years ago.

“This event is one of the most solemn ceremonies we perform here at the Trust,” said The Battle of Franklin Trust CEO Eric A. Jacobson. “It is sometimes difficult to explain the toll of the battle with words alone, and seeing the luminaries glowing at dusk and into the darkness profoundly contributes to our understanding of what happened in Franklin on Nov. 30, 1864.”

The ceremony to commemorate the battle’s anniversary will begin at 4 p.m. at The Carter Hill Battlefield Park. Casualties’ names will be read aloud throughout the ceremony, and visitors are invited to walk throughout the luminaries to experience this somber event.

Carnton Plantation and The Carter House will be open to the public for free walk-through tours from 5-7 p.m. This year’s luminaries will be placed on both sides of Columbia Pike along the Federal line, which the Confederates briefly broke through and where so many of the battle’s casualties occurred.

The ceremony is free and open to the public. For more information and volunteer inquiries, please contact Brittany Mayfield at (615) 794-0903 or

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