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2013/2014 Annual Giving Campaign

“…the air was perfectly filled with balls, and sulphurous smoke so thick one could scarcely breathe.”

So wrote Lt. Francis Audsley of the 44th Missouri Infantry just days after the Battle of Franklin. His unit, which had been engaged in relentless hand-to-hand fighting just west of The Carter House, had suffered terrible casualties. But losses were far greater on the Confederate side. The Southern rank and file had been ravaged by the battle and scores of officers had been felled. Undoubtedly the greatest loss was the death of Maj. Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne. A fellow officer who saw Cleburne at the battle approached its violent apex wrote:

“…he disappeared in the smoke of battle, and that was the last time I ever saw him alive.”

Stories like these are one that we relate every day at the Battle of Franklin Trust as we talk to guests about the incredible events of late November 1864. We are quickly approaching the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin and the next twelve months will be incredibly busy. Frankly, none of us may ever see anything like what we will experience between now and the end of 2014. We also have a variety of important projects that are either underway or in the final stages of planning. With your help we can accomplish so much by the time the 150th anniversary of the battle is upon us.

Through the years you have supported us as we have worked to improve both Carnton and The Carter House and teamed up with various preservation groups to save important sections of the battlefield. Now we have an incredible opportunity to complete or begin work on several more projects as we head toward November 30, 2014. These will also help take us well into what will certainly be an exciting future.
Here are the projects that we are currently focused on:

·  2014 Sesquicentennial Exhibit
· Carter House site enhancements
· Garden fence at Carnton
· Carpet and floorcloth at The Carter House

If you are interested in supporting one of them you may pay online via PayPal and likewise designate your gift. If you would prefer to discuss a designated gift, or make a commitment over several months or years, please contact me at 615-794-0903 or via e-mail at

Of course, if you like to support the general operations of the Battle of Franklin Trust you may do that as well.

In closing, this is one of the most important times in the recent history of Carnton and The Carter House. The projected cost of these projects is in excess of $100,000. We will complete each of them by the end of next year, but your financial support is absolutely vital. No amount is too small. As this year draws to a close please consider making a contribution that will help to forever commemorate men such as Francis Audsley and Patrick Cleburne, as well as the thousands of other soldiers who fought and struggled at Franklin. Their memory, on both sides, is key to understanding the great American story. As you have probably heard me say, “This is our time.” We are in the midst of the Sesquicentennial and we must forge ahead, and not be afraid to commit fully so as to accomplish great things. We look forward to hearing from you.

Marianne Schroer
Chair, BOFT

Eric A. Jacobson
Chief Operating Officer

Tim Kearns
BOFT Carnton Board President

Ed Underwood
BOFT Carter House Board President


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