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1864 December 10: Great Victory Over Hood at the Battle of Franklin

December 11, 2014

This report on the Battle of Franklin comes from The Polk County Press of December 10, 1864, with brief notice in The Prescott Journal of the same date.  The Battle of Franklin took place on November 30, 1864, at Franklin, Tennessee—part of the Franklin-Nashville Campaign.  It was one of the worst disasters of the Civil War for the Confederates.

Great Victory Over Hood.

A battle of great importance has been gained.  Hood [John Bell Hood], some days ago, crossed the Tennessee, and advanced upon Nashville, our forces under Thomas [George H. Thomas] and Schofield [John M. Schofield] retreating with a view to securing an advantageous position. A position eminently satisfactory in this respect seems to have been found at Franklin, fifteen miles south of Nashville, which our forces reached on the 30.  At four o’clock on the afternon [sic] of that day, they were attacked by two corps of the enemy, who, after four desperate charges, occupying three hours’ time, were repulsed with terrific slaughter,—estimated by Gen. Schofield in his official report at five or six thousand men—our loss, owing to advantages of position, being not more than one tenth of that number.

At 7 P.M., immediately after this disastrous repulse of the enemy, Scholfield received heavy reinforcements, which he threw after the shattered army of the enemy, turning defeat into a complete rout.

This decisive discomfiture, added to all of Hood’s past misfortunes, will probably put an end to his projects in Tennessee and will put a compplete [sic] extinguisher on his hopes of effecting a junction with Breckinridge [John C. Breckinridge] in East Tennessee.

The December 10, 1864, Prescott Journal had this report:

— Schofield’s victory in Tennessee, is complete.  His army captured 30 battle-flags, and several cannon.  The rebel loss will reach 8,000.  Our loss will not exceed 1,500.  Active operations are going on in Tennessee, and in fact, in all the departments.  The rebellion is, by all the indications at hand, about “played.”  Glory !

"Battle of Franklin" by Kurz & Allison, from the Library of Congress

“Battle of Franklin,” from the Library of Congress¹

1.  “Battle of Franklin: November 30, 1864 ….” This digital image is from an original 1891 Kurz & Allison print, available at the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. The UWRF University Archives & Area Research Center has in its Special Collections a copy of Battles of the Civil War: The Complete Kurz & Allison Prints, 1861-1865, Birmingham, Ala.: Oxmoor House, 1976 (Oversized E 468.7 .B3 1976), which includes a copy of this print.

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