NASHVILLE (press release)—Franklin was a flurry of activity during “The Last Campaign of Tennessee” 2014 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event Nov. 13-14 at various sites and historic locations. Civil War and history buffs from around the U.S. and four countries made their way to Franklin to experience the event. More than 750 students and teachers participated in the Battlefield Program and more than 5,000 re-enactors attended the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin.
The keynote speaker, Irishman Damian Shiels, a conflict archaeologist, historian and author, told the remarkable story of Confederate General Patrick Cleburne, an Irishman who fought for the South and died in the fighting Nov. 30, 1864. This marked Shiels’ first trip to Franklin.
Other national and state speakers included O. Jim Lighthizer, president, Civil War Trust; Dr. Carroll Van West, Tennessee State Historian; Chris Losson, historian and author; Shanna Jackson, dean of extended services at Columbia State University; Eric Jacobson, CEO and historian for the Battle of Franklin Trust; James Lee McDonough, professor emeritus of History at Auburn University, historian and author; Nicole Moore, public historian, blogger, and consultant and interpreter of slave life; William C. Radcliffe, Civil War living historian, United States Colored Troops; and Wiley Sword, an award-winning author and Pulitzer Prize nominee.
One highlight of the event was the Sesquicentennial Civil War Exhibit by the Tennessee State Museum at The Factory in Franklin featuring rare artifacts from Confederate Generals Patrick Cleburne, Ortho Strahl, and George Gordon.
Ticketed items included “The Guitar and a Pen Old Time Radio Hour” at The Franklin Theatre; “Seeds for the Garden,” which showcased Alison Brown, Claire Lynch, and many more as they performed a benefit event for the Carter House Garden Plot.
The final official state sesquicentennial commemoration, “Reconstruction Tennessee” 2015 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Event will take place April 30-May 1, 2015 in Knoxville and surrounding historic sites. ABA’s Top 100 Selection Committee selected the 2015 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration, Blue & Gray Reunion and Jubilee as one of the best events to experience in 2015.