Battle of Franklin



Major General Patrick R. Cleburne
Battle of Franklin,  November 30,1864

"It seemed an impossible task, but Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood seemed to think the battle-hardened men of his Army of Tennessee could accomplish it. So, a little after 4.00pm on November 30, 1864, he ordered six of the divisions under his command (20,000 men) forward in a massive frontal assault on the entrenched Northerners 2 miles away at Franklin, Tennessee. Hitting the center of the line was Major General Benjamin Cheatham's corps, in which was the division commanded by Irish-born Gen. Patrick Cleburne. He was beloved by his men, asking none of them to go where he wouldn't lead. When warned by one of his Brigadiers, Daniel Govan, about the grim prospects of surviving the attack of Franklin, he replied "Well, Govan, if are to die, let us die like men". He was found at dawn just inside the Union lines, shot through the body, one of Six Confederate generals to die on that terrible day.

Patrick Cleburne Society
P.O. Box 157
1113 Murfreesboro Rd, Franklin, Tennessee 37064

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