U. S. CIVIL WAR
November 30, 1864
Estimated Casualties: 8,587 total (US 2,326; CS 6,261)*
Having lost a good opportunity at Spring Hill to hurt significantly the Union Army, Gen. John B. Hood marched in rapid pursuit of Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield's retreating Union army. Schofield's advance reached Franklin about sunrise on November 30 and quickly formed a defensive line in works thrown up by the Yankees in the spring of 1863, on the southern edge of town. Schofield wished to remain in Franklin to repair the bridges and get his supply trains over them. Skirmishing at Thompson's Station and elsewhere delayed Hood's march, but, around 4:00 pm, he marshaled a frontal attack against the Union perimeter. Two Federal brigades holding a forward position gave way and retreated to the inner works, but their comrades ultimately held in a battle that caused frightening casualties. When the battle ceased, after dark, six Confederate generals were dead or had mortal wounds. Despite this terrible loss, Hood's army continued on toward Nashville.
* Federal Casualties - 2,326 men (23rd Corps 958, 4th Corps 1,368)
189 were killed, 1,033 were wounded, and 1,104 were captured.
Major General David Stanley, Corps Commander, was a casualty.
Confederate Casualties - 6,261 men
1,750 were killed, 3,800 were wounded, and 702 were captured.
15 Confederate Generals and 65 field grade officers were casualties.
(Text Source: U.S. Gov't, National Park Service and Others.)
Franklin Battlefield Map
THE CARNTON PLANTATION
Carnton Plantation House
Carnton Plantation Sign
(The Carnton House is marked with an arrow)
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