Freeman Thomas was born into slavery on May 17, 1845 in Williamson County, TN. He grew up in Carothers' Pleasant Exchange Plantation on the east side of present-day Franklin, TN. As a teenager, he was impressed into labor by Federal forces in Nashville, and was one of many former slaves who built Fort Negley. On August 12, 1863, Freeman enlisted in the 12th Infantry United State Colored Troops, along with fifty other formerly enslaved men from Williamson County. Freeman fought in the Battle of Nashville on December 15-16, 1864, and was shot in the left ankle. After the war, Freeman and his wife lived in a house on Franklin Road near today's Harlinsdale Farm, and were prominent citizens in the Franklin area. Freeman died in 1936, at 91 years old. This photograph is of Freeman's military headstone in the Toussaint L'Overture Cemetery in Franklin, Tennessee.
There are around three hundred other stories of enslaved individuals in Williamson County who fought for their freedom and their country. Hear more about them in the most recent episode of "TENN in 20: Official Podcast of the Battle of Franklin Trust", available from most major podcast apps, and from our website: boft.org/podcast #franklintn #history #podcast #civilwar
Roughly three hundred enslaved men from Williamson County, TN fought for the United States in the Civil War, yet until recently very little was known about them. Now, a project is being undertaken to commemorate these men. This is a photograph of the 17th USCT regimental band. Thirty seven African American men from Williamson County fought with the 17th USCT.
This week on "TENN in 20: Official Podcast of the Battle of Franklin Trust," join hosts and historical enthusiasts Brad and Sarah, along with special guest Tina Jones, as they discuss the stories of these individuals who fought for their freedom and their country. Episodes are free to listen to and available from most major #podcast applications (#podbean #stitcher #overcast #spotify), and from our website here: boft.org/podcast #history #podcasting #franklintn #williamsoncounty #civilwar
The fields south of Carnton looking north towards the house. The Confederate eastern flank marched across these fields during the Battle of Franklin. When was the last time you visited the Franklin Battlefield? #franklintn #civilwar #history #carnton
Randal McGavock was incredibly influential in Tennessee as a court clerk, Nashville mayor, and original owner of Carnton. But did you know that he was also a member of the Belles Lettres Society while attending Dickinson College in Pennsylvania? This was a student run literary society that would host debates on relevant social, political, and ethical questions like if women should be allowed in politics, if war against Native Americans was just, or if slavery should be abolished. A fellow member of the society was Roger B. Taney, who would go on to become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
If you would like to hear more about Randal's life, check out today's episode of "TENN in 20: Official Podcast of the Battle of Franklin Trust"! Episodes are FREE to download/listen to, and available from most major podcast apps, or from our website here: boft.org/podcast #podcast #history #franklintn #carnton #podbean #castbox #spotify #itunes #stitcher #americanhistory #tennessee
We want to give a BIG thank you to the 2,546 people who came out for our concert tonight with @journeyrez!! This was BY FAR the biggest concert we have held. Thank you so much! #franklintn #history #journey #music #concert
We want to give a big thanks to Pastor Hewitt Sawyers and Tennessee State Historian Dr. Carroll Van West, and everyone who attended our lecture last night entitled “The Past and Future of Our Civil War.” If you missed it, the lecture was recorded and is currently available as an episode of “TENN in 20: Official Podcast of the Battle of Franklin Trust.” Episodes are FREE and available from all major podcast applications, and from our website: boft.org/podcast #history #civilwar #podcast #franklintn #tennessee
Restoration of a historic structure like Carnton is a never ending process. When was the last time you visited?? #Repost @hmblonde with @get_repost
Restoration on Carnton’s back porch. The poplar beam in the center of the column is original to John McGavock’s 1850s addition of the back porch. Yes...I geeked out upon seeing it. #historiccarnton #JohnMcGavock #BackPorch #Restotation #HistoryNerd #Carnton #BattleOfFranklinTrust #BattleOfFranklin #BOFT1864 #PoplarWood #FranklinTN
Established in 1803, the village of Old Jefferson, TN sat in a bend of the West Fork of the Stones River, and was the first county seat of Rutherford County. In the 1960’s, the village was set to be flooded when Percy Priest Lake was created. The townsfolk were forced to move, and the town of Old Jefferson was destroyed. Unfortunately, the lake waters never reached as far south as was expected, and the area that was once Old Jefferson remains above water. Learn more about Old Jefferson, and the creation of Percy Priest Lake, in the most recent episode of “TENN in 20: Official Podcast of the Battle of Franklin Trust”! Available from most major podcast apps, including #podbean, Apple #podcast, #stitcher, #castbox, and #overcast, and from our website: boft.org/podcast
If you live in Middle Tennessee, there's a good chance you've heard the name J. Percy Priest. Nowadays, his name is most commonly associated with the dam and lake system named after him. But who was the REAL J. Percy Priest?
This week on "TENN in 20: Official Podcast of the Battle of Franklin Trust," join hosts and historical enthusiast Brad and Sarah as they discuss the life of Percy Priest the man, the creation of Percy Priest the lake, and go on a quest to find the lost village of Old Jefferson.
Episodes are available from most major podcast apps including #itunes, Apple #podcast, #stitcher, #spotify, #castbox, and #overcast, and from our website: boft.org/podcast
Pic cred: @librarycongress
Congratulations on your recent engagement! Are you looking for the perfect place to walk down the aisle to your forever? With a restored antebellum garden, the McGavock mansion, and pastoral landscapes – Carnton, one of the most significant pieces of Tennessee history, would be the perfect spot!
Visit us online to schedule your venue tour and reserve your date: www.weddings.boft.org
Photography by John Myers Photography #carnton #franklintn #wedding