Lotz House Announces Battlefield Walking Tours

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Civil War historians Thomas Y. Cartwright and Jamie Gillum will conduct battlefield walking tours  at the historic Lotz House Nov. 27 – 30 to commemorate the Battle of Franklin (Nov. 30, 1864.)

“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.”

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 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 tour is available Nov. 27 – 30 from 10 a.m. – noon and the cost is $30 per person.  Reservations are required by calling the Lotz House at 615-790-7190 or email jtt@lotzhouse.com. Limited tickets each day.

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 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission charged. The Lotz House is located at 1111 Columbia Avenue.  For more information, call 615-790-7190 or visit the website is www.lotzhouse.com.

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