Lotz House commemorated the 159th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin with Illumination
FRANKLIN, TENN.— In commemoration of the 159th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin held on November 30, the Lotz House hosted a Walking Battlefield Tour in the morning and an Illumination Ceremony on the front lawn of the home, ground zero of the Battle of Franklin at 4:30 p.m., the time the battle ensued. In addition, they hosted a Women’s History Tour on November 29 at 6:30 p.m. to commemorate Matilda Lotz birthday which was the day before the battle.
Lotz House Executive Director Thomas Y. Cartwright said, “We have commemorated the anniversary of the Battle Franklin since we opened the Lotz House in 2008. It started with a handful of history enthusiasts working to keep the story alive. The Lotz House invited the public to join us in remembering those who died, those who survived, and how it changed Franklin and beyond forever.”
The lighting of a luminary took place on the front steps of the Lotz House at 4:30 p.m. and the community attended. Instrumentalist Cody Engdahl performed period music and reenactor Bill Radcliff performed “Bright Hearts Have Marched Away.”
The Lotz House is also hosting a Living History Event with the 33rd Alabama/6th Indiana regiment Saturday, December 2 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. with a medical, hospital and common soldier program. The Seventh Annual Living History event will provide educational interaction with visitors on the life of the soldiers – both Federal and Confederate – and the stories of the Battle of Franklin held November 30, 1864. Visitors will see how the soldiers camp-out, learn about their lifestyle and witness the stories they tell from the historic battle. It’s free and open to the public.
For more information, call 615-790-7190 or visit www.lotzhouse.com.
Photo credit: Kris Rae Photography
About the Lotz House:
The Lotz House, which has been on the National Historic Register since 1976, is located in the heart of downtown historic Franklin, Tennessee at “epicenter” of the Battle of Franklin, which was a pivotal battle in the Civil War on November 30, 1864. The house is open Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission charged. The Lotz House is located at 1111 Columbia Avenue. For more information, call 615-790-7190 or visit www.lotzhouse.com.