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Battle of Franklin, Eastern Flank / Loring's Division

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Location: 1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin, TN
County: Williamson
Coordinates: N 35° 54.329    W 086° 51.583
  35.90548333    -86.85971666
Waymark: None


Battle of Franklin, Eastern Flank
Loring's Division

In the Battle of Franklin, Confederate Gen. William W. Loring’s division formed the far right flank of the Confederate assault line. Numbering approximately 3,500 men, it marched across these fields and smashed into the Federal lines. The attempt to take the Union fortifications proved costly.

The division consisted of three brigades. To your right and left marched Gen. Winfield S. Featherston’s six Mississippi infantry regiments and his battalion of Mississippi sharpshooters. Mostly to your right, Gen. Thomas M. Scott led the smallest brigade, which included five Alabama regiments and one from Louisiana. Gen. John Adams and six more Mississippi regiments followed close behind them.

As the men moved forward, heavy artillery fire and sheets of musketry tore into them. Conditions worsened as they reached the Federal lines, where a thick tangle of sharpened Osage orange abates blocked their advance. Unable to break through, some of the surviving officers and men began moving to the left, mixing their units in a confused mass, just as smoke and darkness began to cloak the battlefield.

In the ensuing fight, Loring’s division suffered more than 25 percent casualties, with 900 killed, wounded, missing, or captured in less than five hours.

Erected Tennessee Civil War Trails.

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