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Special 149th Anniversary Walking Tour Announced

Special 149th Anniversary Walking Tour Announced

Thomas Y. Cartwright announced today he is teaming up with fellow historian and long-time battlefield tour guide John Marler for a very extraordinary walking battlefield tour on this year’s 149th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin held on November 30.

“Crossfire on the Battlefield:  Melee, Murder and Mayhem” will feature Cartwright giving the perspective of the Confederates while Marler will counterpoint the Federal viewpoint.

Cartwright and Marler are certainly no strangers to tourists and history buffs.  Between the two of them they have more 40 years combined experience in giving battlefield tours both in Franklin and across the country.

This dynamic duo of historians and storytellers have been preparing for months to produce this battlefield tour. Cartwright said, “This tour will be like no other in terms of what is covered.  John and I will focus on the common soldier, both Blue and Gray, who were all Americans giving everything they had, including their lives.  We’ll offer personal accounts of both Confederate and Federal viewpoints throughout the tour.”

Marler added, “I’m truly enthusiastic about conducting this tour alongside Thomas Cartwright.  We’ve enjoyed bantering back and forth about the different perspectives and also anticipate several from our group will likely have ancestor connections.  That gives the tour even more depth and will be an incredible learning experience.”

Each participant will be given a dog tag representing a soldier that fought at the Battle of Franklin (both Southern and Northern) at the beginning of the tour.  During the course of the tour, Cartwright and Marler will reveal to guests the fate of their soldier.  Guests will also receive a battlefield map along with a continental breakfast.

This historic tour is limited to only fifty guests at $75 per person.  The tour will begin at the Lotz House, 1111 Columbia Avenue at 10:30 a.m. and last until 2:30 p.m. on November 30, and promises to be very face-paced while covering ground zero of the battle.

For more information and to make reservations call 615-790-7190 or email Thomas Cartwright at