BENEFITING: FRANKLIN S CHARGE INC
I want to challenge all those who loved "The Widow of the South," or any other historic fiction, or the real thing; Civil War History, who possibly grew up in south Florida...or any other part or parcel of the former Confederacy or any U.S. territory that existed at the time of the Battle of Franklin*, or love their mother or their father or their dog; or think they are the product of either a happy family; or more likely are the spawn of a dysfunctional family; who read books or are possibly semi-illiterate, or generally love this country; to give $25 or a lot more.
My goal is to raise $10,000. I need 100 people to give $100; or 400 people to give $25, or one person to give $10,000. This is the absolute minimum I am asking for; I really want more, lots more. Let me tell you why.
We (that’s you, me and all the folks who fall into any of the above categories) have until May 2015 to raise one million of the $2.8 million needed for the purchase of this land. Every dollar counts and we need your help.
Help us make history as we save what many believe is the single most important unprotected piece of Civil War battlefield in America. Whether Confederate or Federal, these soldiers and veterans of our Civil War deserve to be honored by making this hallowed ground a permanent greenspace where they can be remembered.
On Nov. 30, 1864, 150 years ago this month, the battle began at 4 p.m. with roughly 20,000 Confederate soldiers moving forward toward a similar number of Federal troops. The attack itself was far bigger than Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg. The two armies came into close contact shortly before 4:30 p.m. and the fighting soon became brutal and fiendishly savage. With the sun down shortly after the two sides fully engaged it was dark by just minutes after 5 p.m. When recollecting the battle years later one man said simply, “It was as if the devil had full possession of the earth.”
The Battle of Franklin Trust and Franklin’s Charge recently signed a contract to save the property that will be Carter Hill Battlefield Park, a 1.6-acre tract of land immediately south of The Carter House in Franklin, TN. The purchase price is $2.8 million and we need your help.
*I understand I am excluding Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico or Guam. Let somebody else ask for their money. I don't want it.