The Battle of Franklin

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-21
  • Publisher: History Pr
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In late November 1864, the last Southern army east of the Mississippi that was still free to maneuver started out from northern Alabama on the Confederacy' last offensive. John Bell Hood and his Army of Tennessee had dreams of capturing Nahsville and marching on to the Ohio River, but a small Union force under Hood's old West Point roommate stood between him and the state capital. In a desperate attempt to smash John Schofield's line at Franklin, Hood threw most of his men against the Union works, centered on the house of a family named Carter, and lost 30 percent of his attacking force in one afternoon, crippling his army and setting it up for a knockout blow at Nashville two weeks later. With firsthand accounts, letters and diary entries from the Carter House Archives, local historian James R. Knight paints a vivid picture of this gruesome conflict. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. 7
Prologue: The Farmer and the Generalp. 9
The Confederate Army of Tennesseep. 15
Working the Planp. 21
Changing the Planp. 27
"Tennessee's a Grave or a Free Home"p. 35
Spring Hillp. 43
Breakfast at Rippavillap. 51
No Turning Backp. 55
It Is a Mistakep. 65
Dying Like Menp. 71
Into the Belly of the Beastp. 77
The Morning Afterp. 91
The Death of Hood's Armyp. 103
Epilogue: The Commandersp. 111
Appendix: Order of Battlep. 123
Notesp. 151
About the Authorp. 159
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