Advancing With Scott's Brigade

Advancing With Scott's Brigade (HM1YHA)

Location: Franklin, TN 37064 Williamson County
Country: United States of America

N 35° 54.512', W 86° 51.457'

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Following in Their Footsteps

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This walkway traces the route that the men of Confederate Gen. Thomas M. Scott's brigade took in the Battle of Franklin. Read below to see what it was like then and to follow in their footsteps
Distance to Union Lines: 1,500 yards (1,370 m)
Local Time: 4:35 pm, November 30, 1864

During the previous nine days, Confederate Gen. Thomas M. Scott's brigade marched more than 120 miles (193 km) through winter weather and fought several skirmishes to reach this field. Consisting of five regiments from Alabama plus another from Louisiana, the brigade included many men without shoes, coats, and blankets. Food was scarce. The day was very warm for late November, near 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius), and the good weather lifted their spirits.

Marching in columns from the south, Scott's men began to fan out into battle lines to attack the Union defenses. To your left, the rest of the Army of Tennessee stretched westward in similar parallel lines. The assaulting force was so large that much of it was out of sight from here, hidden by the softly rolling hills and the army's vast breadth of more than two miles (3.2km).

At this point the brigade was within range of Union rifled artillery. Percussion shells and bursting fuse shells exploded here, splintering trees and shattering
men. Shooting back with rifled muskets was futile, as Scott's men had to march at least ten more minutes before the Union defenses came within small-arms range. The Federals were so well protected by high ground and earthworks that the Confederates needed to move even closer to fire with any effect.
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HM NumberHM1YHA
Series This marker is part of the Tennessee: Tennessee Civil War Trails series
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Placed ByTennessee Civil War Trails
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Date Added Friday, May 26th, 2017 at 6:13pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 512847 N 3973812
Decimal Degrees35.90853333, -86.85761667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 54.512', W 86° 51.457'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 54' 30.72" N, 86° 51' 27.42" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)615
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin TN 37064, US
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