John M. Schofield portrait

On November 30, 1864, the Army of the Ohio, commanded by Major General John M. Schofield (pictured here) soundly defeated Lieutenant General John Bell Hood’s Army of Tennessee at the Battle of Franklin during the Franklin-Nashville Campaign. [Library of Congress]

Battle of Franklin Facts

November 30, 1864

Key facts about the Battle of Franklin.

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Also Known As

  • Second Battle of Franklin

Date

  • November 30, 1864

Location

  • Williamson County, Tennessee, in and near the town of Franklin

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

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)

Result

  • Union victory

Significance

  • 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.

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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Franklin Facts
  • Coverage November 30, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords battle of franklin
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date August 1, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 22, 2021
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