"After failing to destroy John Schofield’s Federal army near Spring Hill the previous morning, Gen. John Bell Hood led his 30,000 Confederates to the outskirts of Franklin, Tennessee on November 30, 1864. Determined not to let Schofield reach the safety of Nashville, Hood unleashed a precipitous frontal assault against the entrenched Federal defenders. Despite nearly breaking through the center of the Union line, Hood’s forces were driven back with heavy losses. The bloody assault cost Hood more than 6,000 casualties, including six dead Confederate generals."
So, on the coldest day that we have seen so far we wrapped up in our snuggies and headed out to the town of Franklin (less than 10 miles). It is
There were many, many spectators who brought their lawn chairs and placed them along the side of the battlefield. We even had our own lawn chairs. After securing a good spot to view the war we had a good time visiting the soldiers' camp. I have included some pictures.
This young man is getting into the spirit of things at a very young age. These costumes are not cheap, but to a southerner they are priceless. (I guess)
This was a group of slaves who were singing spirituals. They were really good. I tried to record some of their music on my phone, but they were just too far away.
This is the Doctor's wife. Poor lady. In order to see her husband she had to go out to the
I would love to say this was the
prayer meeting before the battle.....but that wouldn't be true. They are passing out books, rations, and whiskey.
After we won the war we were ready for another week of Missionary work. Things were busy at the office with 17 new missionaries coming in on Monday, and 10 leaving on Tuesday. On Thursday it became necessary for Darryl and I to take a run down to Baxter, TN (about 100 miles east of Nashville). We had to go because we were setting up a new apartment for Elders there and the Water Company and the Electric Company would not sign us up for service without the Lessee (me) coming in person to sign on the dotted line. That is a small town thing. But we