December 17th, After Nashville

On Sunday, December 8th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present Greg Wade, who will speak on “December 17th, After Nashville.”

After Confederate General Hood dashed his army on the works at Nashville in December 1864, most books on the Army of Tennessee and the 1864 Tennessee campaign end, almost as if the remaining story wasn’t worth telling. For the rank and file soldiers, the day and night after the Battle of Nashville included one of the largest cavalry charges in North American history and hours of drama and despair across Franklin and the length of Williamson County.

Wade, founder of the Franklin Civil War Round Table, will give a picture of the persistence and courage of soldiers of both sides on the day following the Battle of Nashville, and a better understand what the residents of Middle Tennessee faced late in the War.

The presentation will also include special guest Eric Jacobson, Executive Director of the Battle of Franklin Trust.  Jacobson will sum up the events of the Tennessee 1864 campaign and have for sale copies of his revised, For Cause and For Country, often noted as the premier sourcebook for the Army of Tennessee’s dramatic push into Tennessee.

Greg Wade has spoken to many round tables, school groups and history gatherings about the little known drama around Middle Tennessee during the Civil War’s darkest days.  He has written for several history-related publications and is a staff writer for the Civil War News.  He is an active preservationist having served on the boards of Save The Franklin Battlefield and Franklin’s Charge. He also participates in reenactments with the Williamson Grays and has conducted artifact surveys at Harlinsdale Farm and the Eastern Flank Battlefield for the Franklin Parks Department.  Wade lives in Franklin with his wife Beth.

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