Portrait of John Bell Hood

In September 1864, Confederate General John Bell Hood launched his unsuccessful Franklin-Nashville Campaign, which culminated with his defeat at the Battle of Nashville on December 15, 1864. [Wikimedia Commons]

Franklin-Nashville Campaign Facts

September 18–December 27, 1864

Key facts about the American Civil War Franklin-Nashville Campaign.

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Also Known As

  • Hood’s Campaign
  • Hood’s Tennessee Campaign

Date and Location

  • September 18–December 27, 1864
  • Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee

Timeline of the Franklin-Nashville Campaign

These are the main battles and events of the Frankin-Nashville Campaign in order.

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • Army of the Cumberland
  • Army of the Ohio

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Army of Tennessee

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 60,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 39,000

Estimated Union Casualties

  • Undetermined, but at least 5,800 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • Undetermined, but at least 12,700 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Result

  • Union victory

Significance

  • Lieutenant General John Bell Hood’s army entered Tennessee with over 30,000 men but left with 15–18,000.
  • The Franklin-Nashville Campaign ended when Major General George H. Thomas’s army drove Lieutenant General John Bell Hood’s army out of Tennessee after the Union victory at the Battle of Nashville (December 15–16, 1864).
  • After leading the Army of Tennessee to Tupelo, Mississippi, Lieutenant General John Bell Hood resigned his command on January 23, 1865.
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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Franklin-Nashville Campaign Facts
  • Coverage September 18–December 27, 1864
  • Author
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 31, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 6, 2021
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