151st Anniversary Battle of Franklin




Today this painting is presented to commemorate the November 30, 1864 Battle of Franklin, Tennessee. Buried in history are the stories of so many and their valor on the Carter farm. As this is not meant to be a lengthy history with this posting, here is a poem about it too.

“That 30 November Thing”

We’d awakened to
Morning cold Fires
Dried wet wool
Cotton soaked dew

Smoke floated smell
Coffee weak hot
Cartridge issued
Cheered boys well

Night moves true
Rumor we’d heard
Blame went ‘round
Union got through

Smoke floated smell
Coffee weak hot
Cracker issued
Cheered boys well

Officers call told
First Sergeant with me
Plans licked hard
Orders on hold

Smoke floated smell
Coffee weak hot
Cracker issued
Cheered boys well

Columns on road
Division formed
Northeast all day
Cleburne near rode

Smoke floated smell
Company into line
Charge order issued
Cheered boys well

Artillery hot attack
Federal works reached
Orange flashes roar
Into night black

Smoke floated smell
Company at the works
Liquid red issued
Boys fought well

I woke up sickly
Morning fire cold
Dried red wool
Cotton blood sticky

Lieutenant I asked
Company take now
First sergeant killed
Command my last

Cleburne now gone
Generals five others
Gave their all too
Before this dawn

Death bloated smell
Survivors formed up
Marched southwest
Boys not well

They left bloated smell
No coffee now
The field they fled
Called Franklin’s hell


THE DOC ~ Revised Edition
Copyright © 2014 by Tim Desmond
Cover Design by Jackson Cover Design
All cover art copyright © 2014
All Rights Reserved
Print ISBN: 978-1-626941-44-1

Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
The Doc page and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

2 thoughts on “151st Anniversary Battle of Franklin

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    • Some of this comment was misleading in the sentence which describes the painting, where it was said the flags carried as “stars and bars.” I wouldn’t want a reader to infer that I was quoted saying that, as the painting has no image of the “stars and bars” Confederate flag pattern. Read a previous blog for the better explanation.

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