Key facts about the Battle of Franklin.
Also Known As
- Second Battle of Franklin
- November 30, 1864
- Williamson County, Tennessee, in and near the town of Franklin
Principal Union Commanders
- Major General John M. Schofield
Principal Confederate Commanders
- Lieutenant General John Bell Hood
Union Forces Engaged
- Army of the Ohio
Confederate Forces Engaged
- Army of Tennessee
Number of Union Soldiers Engaged
- Roughly 27,000
Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged
- Roughly 27,000
Estimated Union Casualties
- 2,300 (189 killed, 1,033 wounded, and 1,104 missing/captured)
Estimated Confederate Casualties
- 6,200 (1,750 killed, 3,800 wounded, and 702 missing/captured)
- Union victory
- The Confederate Army of Tennessee lost fourteen generals (six killed, seven wounded and one captured), plus 55 regimental commanders at the Battle of Franklin.
- One of the Confederate Army’s best officers, Major General Patrick Cleburne, was killed at the Battle of Franklin.
- The Battle of Franklin was one of the few night battles during the American Civil War.
- The Battle of Franklin is sometimes called the “Gettysburg of the West” because some historians consider it the turning-point in the Western Theater of the American Civil War.
- The Battle of Franklin was significant because the federal victory deprived Confederate General John Bell Hood of his last opportunity to prevent Union generals John Schofield and George H. Thomas from uniting their armies during the Franklin-Nashville Campaign.
Timeline of the Franklin-Nashville Campaign
These are the main battles and events of the Frankin-Nashville Campaign in order.