Annual Illumination Ceremony on Nov. 30 Commemorates Battle of Franklin

BOFT to also offer exclusive anniversary battlefield tours on Nov. 29 and 30.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – On Thursday, Nov. 30, The Battle of Franklin Trust will once again display luminaries at dusk to honor the casualties inflicted during the Battle of Franklin 154 years ago.

The Battle of Franklin Trust will also offer exclusive anniversary battlefield tours on Nov. 29 and 30. Seven 90-minute tours will be available each day and every hour from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tours will be limited to 25 people each. Tours will begin at the Carter House Visitor Center and will focus specifically on the history of The Battle of Franklin and its impact.  Tickets may be purchased online at boft.org/battlefield-tours.

“The Illumination is one of the most solemn ceremonies we perform,” said Eric A. Jacobson, CEO of The Battle of Franklin Trust. “It is difficult to explain the toll of the battle with words alone, but seeing the luminaries glowing at dusk profoundly contributes to our understanding of what happened here in Franklin on Nov. 30, 1864.”

The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. at Carnton. The Battle of Franklin Trust CEO Eric A. Jacobson will make a few remarks and then names of the casualties will be read by a number of speakers over the course of the next 60-90 minutes.

The Illumination ceremony is free and open to the public. Visitors are invited to walk throughout the luminaries to experience this somber event. Carnton and Carter House will be open to the public for free walk-through tours from 5-7 p.m.

Reservations are required for the battlefield tours. For reservations or more information about the Illumination event, contact Savannah Weaver at savannnah@boft.org or call 615-794-0903. To learn more about the Battle of Franklin Trust, visit boft.org. If you are interested in participating as a volunteer, visit boft.org/volunteer.

The Battle of Franklin Trust Announces Acquisition of General John Bell Hood Artifacts

Items including his saddle, crutches, and hat will be displayed in the future Carter House Visitor Center.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The Battle of Franklin Trust will acquire a collection of artifacts owned by General John Bell Hood to be displayed in the future Carter House Visitor Center.  

The cost for these items is $90,000, and The Battle of Franklin Trust is seeking donors willing to support the acquisition.

“It will be an honor to display a collection of General John Bell Hood’s artifacts at the soon-to-be-built Carter House Visitor Center,” said Eric A. Jacobson, CEO of The Battle of Franklin Trust. “In a digital age, a physical connection to the past becomes vital. These artifacts will help us tell a more personal story about Hood and about Franklin.  We believe this to be the greatest collection of artifacts related to the battle that has ever been acquired.”

After his death in 1879, Hood’s personal items were distributed among his children.  Several of these ended up in various museum collections, but a large collection of war-related materials was obtained by notable historian and author Douglas Southall Freeman.  They were later sold to other collectors.

The Battle of Franklin Trust will acquire six items that belonged to Hood. These items include his saddle, saddle blanket, valise, crutches, two gauntlets, and a wide-brimmed hat with a Texas star.

If you are interested in donating to the campaign, please use the link below or contact Eric Jacobson at eric@boft.org.

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