Exploring Civil War Battlefields: Summer of 2017

I have just returned from one of the most exciting and historical expeditions that I have ever experienced. The trip included stops at Sharpsburg (Antietam):; Harpers Ferry; Gettysburg and Carnton Plantation in Franklin, TN. The trip was led by Civil War historian and University Greys expert (Oxford resident) Starke Miller.

The photos included only represent a fraction of the many great scenes that we encountered. The historical aspects of the trip were off the charts as Starke explained the involvement and personal histories of many of the Greys in great detail.

I thought after Gettysburg that the remainder of the trip would be downhill. Was I ever wrong! Possibly the highlight was saved for last when we visited Carnton Plantation in Franklin. Located in downtown Franklin in Williamson County, this community is one of the most beautiful in the nation. The Plantation at the time of the battle consisted of more than 1400 acres. Late in the afternoon of November 30, 1864, some 20,000 Confederate troops swept past and around Carnton to attack entrenched Union troops of equal size just north of the Plantation and slightly to the west. If you have never visited Franklin, a great weekend trip to this historical community just minutes south of Nashville would be most appealing.

 

If you enjoy history and especially the history that impacted our university and the region it served at the time of the Civil War, there are countless jewels awaiting you only minutes and hours away!


Steve VassalloSteve Vassallo is a HottyToddy.com contributor. Steve writes on Ole Miss athletics, Oxford business, politics and other subjects. He is an Ole Miss grad and former radio announcer for the basketball team. Currently, Steve is a highly successful leader in the real estate business who lives in Oxford with his wife Rosie. You can contact Steve at sovassallo@gmail.com or call him at 985-852-7745.

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