Civil War Franklin

Civil War Franklin (HM29IS)

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

N 35° 54.244', W 86° 51.495'

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The African-American Experience

In 1860, African-Americans—both enslaved and free—made up more than half of Franklin's residents, as well as half of Williamson County's population. When the Federal army arrived late in 1862, many slaves freed themselves by escaping to Union lines, where they established their own businesses, churches, and schools. By the end of 1863, many freedmen had joined the United States Colored Troops (USCT).

Local slave James Moore escaped and joined the 111th USCT as a private in 1864.
Captured at the Battle of Athens, Alabama he was sent to a Confederate prison in Selma. He survived the war and settled near Thompson's Station.

A.N.C. Williams born a slave in 1844, did not join the army. In 1863, he and William Perkins established Franklin's first black-owned business, a shoe repair, and manufacturing shop. It was destroyed in 1864 during the Battle of Franklin. Undaunted, Williams opened a general store downtown. For sixty years, he catered to both black and white patrons despite Jm Crow laws and racial segregation.

After the war, former slave Harvey McLemore built a house among a skilled labor force of carpenters, a rock mason, blacksmiths, mill workers, and domestic servants in Hard Bargain neighborhood. the dwellings stayed in his family for 117 years currently houses the Mclemore House Museum.


was given Carrie McGavock as a wedding gift, lived at Carnton Plantation. Mariah was sent south with other slaves to keep them from escaping. She returned as a free woman... ...Franklin resident, and died in 1922.
HM NumberHM29IS
Series This marker is part of the Tennessee: Tennessee Civil War Trails series
Placed ByTennessee Civil War Trails
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Date Added Thursday, July 19th, 2018 at 4:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 512791 N 3973317
Decimal Degrees35.90406667, -86.85825000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 54.244', W 86° 51.495'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 54' 14.64" N, 86° 51' 29.7" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)615
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin TN 37064, US
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