Second Battle of Franklin

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Second Battle of Franklin
Began:

November 30, 1864

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Williamson County, Tennessee

Theater:

Western Theater

Campaign:

Franklin-Nashville Campaign

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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IV and XXIII Army Corps

Army of Tennessee

Commanders

John M. Schofield
Major General, USA

John B. Hood
Lieutenant General, CSA

Strength

27,000

27,000

Casualties

2,326
Killed: 189
Wounded: 1,033
Missing or captured: 1,104

6,262
Killed: 1,750
Wounded: 3,800
Missing or captured: 702

  

Having lost a good opportunity at Spring Hill to hurt significantly the Union Army, Gen. John B. Hood marched in rapid pursuit of Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield’s retreating Union army. Schofield’s advance reached Franklin about sunrise on November 30 and quickly formed a defensive line in works thrown up by the Yankees in the spring of 1863, on the southern edge of town. Schofield wished to remain in Franklin to repair the bridges and get his supply trains over them. Skirmishing at Thompson’s Station and elsewhere delayed Hood’s march, but, around 4:00 pm, he marshaled a frontal attack against the Union perimeter. Two Federal brigades holding a forward position gave way and retreated to the inner works, but their comrades ultimately held in a battle that caused frightening casualties. When the battle ceased, after dark, six Confederate generals were dead or had mortal wounds. Despite this terrible loss, Hood’s army, late, depleted and worn, crawled on toward Nashville. (NPS summary)

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