The Lotz House announced two battlefield walking tours and a cellar tour to commemorate the 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Franklin held on Nov. 30, 1864.
The first battlefield walking tour will be led by Civil War historians Thomas Y. Cartwright and Jamie Gillum on Nov. 26. The second tour held on the anniversary date of the Battle of Franklin, will be led solely by Cartwright on Nov. 30. Attendees of the Nov. 30 tour will receive a 10 percent discount on all of Cartwright’s DVDs and Gillum’s books.
“What better way to commemorate the Battle of Franklin than to walk the battlefield with two of Franklin’s most renowned historians Thomas and Jamie,” said Lotz House Executive Director J.T. Thompson. “This duo will recreate the dramatic conflict that killed or wounded 10,000 soldiers right in the heart of Franklin where the Lotz House was at ground zero. It’s the incredible story of so many soldiers and generals and how they managed the five bloodiest hours of the American Civil War.”
In addition to the battlefield walking tours, Robert Blythe will lead a cellar tour on Nov. 26. Throughout a two- year archeological excavation, the Lotz House cellar uncovered approximately 900 Civil War relics and items connected to civilian life from the mid to late 1800’s. The cellar tour will include a review of the excavation process, a first-hand look at the some of the relics uncovered and a description of the significance of the findings along with an interpretation of how it relates to a better understanding of the happenings inside the Lotz House following the historic battle.
Cartwright is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the Battle of Franklin and he currently conducts tours at the Lotz House as well as the battlefield and the McGavock Confederate Cemetery. He is featured in numerous DVDs on the Battle of Franklin and Battle of Nashville. He frequently appears on various documentaries for the History Channel, A&E, Travel Channel, CNN, Discovery and Preservation Channel. For many years, he has lectured throughout the United States for Civil War Round Tables, corporations, preservation groups, and heritage organizations. In addition, Cartwright authored several published articles and essays and is currently working on two books.
Jamie Gillum wrote a three volume history on the Sixteenth Tennessee Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Most recently he completed a study on the Battle of Spring Hill, entitled: “Twenty-five Hours to Tragedy” that helps to reconstruct the events of that evening in detail and provide the “why” as to the tragic Battle of Franklin.
The battlefield walking tours are available on Nov. 26 and Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. – noon and cost $30 per person. The cellar tour is available on Nov. 26 at 10 a.m. and costs $30 per person. Reservations are required by calling the Lotz House at 615-790-7190 or emailing [email protected] Tickets are limited.
The Lotz House, which has been on the National Historic Register since 1976, is located in the heart of downtown historic Franklin, Tennessee at the “epicenter” of the Battle of Franklin which was a pivotal battle in the Civil War on Nov. 30, 1864.
The house is open Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Admission charged. The Lotz House is located at 1111 Columbia Avenue. For more information, call 615-790-7190 or visit the Lotz House website.
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