Battle of Franklin Trust is Set to Acquire General John Bell Hood Artifacts

Gen John Bell Hood Hat

The Battle of Franklin Trust will acquire a collection of artifacts owned by General John Bell Hood to be displayed in the future Carter House Visitor Center. The cost for these items is $90,000, and The Battle of Franklin Trust is seeking donors willing to support the acquisition. 

“It will be an honor to display a collection of General John Bell Hood’s artifacts at the soon-to-be-built Carter House Visitor Center,” said Eric A. Jacobson, CEO of The Battle of Franklin Trust. “In a digital age, a physical connection to the past becomes vital. These artifacts will help us tell a more personal story about Hood and about Franklin. We believe this to be the greatest collection of artifacts related to the battle that has ever been acquired.” 

After his death in 1879, Hood’s personal items were distributed among his children.  Several of these ended up in various museum collections, but a large collection of war-related materials was obtained by notable historian and author Douglas Southall Freeman.  They were later sold to other collectors. 

The Battle of Franklin Trust will acquire six items that belonged to Hood. These items include his saddle, saddle blanket, valise, crutches, two gauntlets, and a wide-brimmed hat with a Texas star. 

If you are interested in donating to the campaign, contact Eric Jacobson at [email protected]. 

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 November 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.