Save the Franklin Battlefield
The Trust is proud to announce a new opportunity to reclaim perhaps the bloodiest acre of any Civil War battlefield - the very ground where Confederate soldiers under the command of Pat Cleburne , Hiram Granbury, and Francis Cockrell were locked in a savage struggle with men from Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. Learn more about our efforts to reclaim the "strip center" and two other key tracts at Franklin.
From Our President
Dear Civil War Preservationist,
How many times in life do you get to do something that is truly heroic? How many times do you get the chance - not just to preserve - but to reclaim, restore and even resurrect a part of America's history that seemed to have been lost forever? In 2005 the Trust worked to buy and restore the "Pizza Hut" property at Franklin. I can remember swinging the sledge hammer against the sides of that building, helping begin the site's transformation into a battlefield park.
Now, in the final days of 2012, we have another grand opportunity to reclaim more of the once-lost Franklin Battlefield. Along with two other great tracts, the Trust, working with our friends at Franklin's Charge, is now pushing to reclaim the "strip center." We've been waiting a long time to preserve this property. Instead of paving over our nation's history, we will reclaim it, and make it a must-see destination! I can't wait to swing my sledge hammer once more. Join me in saving this hallowed ground.
- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President
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Bitter Tears: Missouri Women and Civil War Their Stories
This book tells of outrages committed against Confederate sympathizers, mostly women in western Missouri, during the Civil War. Very partisan, it celebrates the courage of those women and praises their dedication to the Southern cause. It presents Yankees as brutes and Confederate soldiers as heroes, but there are a couple of chapters toward the end that mention the suffering on the Union side. These vivid accounts capture the horror, the brutality, the “blood in fever heat,” the true nastiness of the time. They give interesting insights into the private lives and thinking of Confederates, including the kin of leaders such as Generals Quantrill and Shelby. This is the "home front" of the war, if there was such a thing. This is not a military history, not about battles or military strategies. It is about civilians, refugees, Missouri women and children living in fear, being forced from their homes and "sent through the lines" to the South.
This book needs professional editing. There are typos and misspellings. The punctuation is poor. The text is not always clear. But on the whole, a readable book. Its historical authenticity compensates for some of its faults. It is 100% nonfiction and drawn from first-hand accounts. Recommended to anyone interested in the history of western Missouri.