Battle of Franklin Trust Hosts Lecture on “The Past and Future of Our Civil War”

Battle of Franklin Trust

The Battle of Franklin Trust will host its next lecture of the year on Thursday, July 26 featuring speakers Hewitt Sawyers and Dr. Carroll Van West. Titled “The Past and Future of Our Civil War,” the lecture will address the impact the Civil War has on Americans and will allow the speakers to discuss their perspectives on the past and the future of the war’s memory.

“Our lecture series is about educating our community while discussing topics pertaining to our mission,” said Eric A. Jacobson, CEO of The Battle of Franklin Trust. “This particular lecture will be a wide-ranging discussion of impacts the Civil War has had on our country, and how it will remain relevant in the future.”

Sawyers has served as pastor for West Harpeth Primitive Baptist Church in Williamson County since 1983. With a background in agriculture and gospel ministry, Sawyers is invested in serving the Franklin community. His involvements include positions with the Franklin Housing Authority, Habitat for Humanity, U.S. Community Credit Union, National Primitive Baptist Convention and the Cumberland District Association of Primitive Baptists.

Dr. West is both a professor and director of the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation. Additionally, he serves as the Tennessee State Historian and is director of The Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area. He has written numerous books and articles on Tennessee and American history and speaks frequently about these topics.

“The Past and Future of Our Civil War” will take place at The Fleming Center at Carnton, located at 1345 Eastern Flank Circle. The event begins at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Reservations are required due to limited seating. Contact [email protected] or (615) 794-0903. The lecture will last approximately 45 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A. For more information about this lecture series, visit

About The Battle of Franklin Trust

The Battle of Franklin Trust is a 501(c)3 management corporation acting on behalf of Franklin’s battlefield sites to contribute to visitors’ understanding of the Nov. 30, 1864 Battle of Franklin. The Trust is organized for the charitable and educational purposes of preserving, restoring, maintaining and interpreting the properties, artifacts and documents related to the battle to preserve this important part of the nation’s history.