Annual Illumination Ceremony on Nov. 30 to Commemorate Battle of Franklin

Annual Illumination Ceremony on Nov. 30 to Commemorate Battle of Franklin

Battle of Franklin Trust to honor casualties and the 153rd anniversary of the battle

FRANKLIN, TN – On Thursday, Nov. 30, The Battle of Franklin Trust will once again display luminaries at dusk to honor the casualties inflicted during the Battle of Franklin 153 years ago.

“It is difficult to comprehend the immense loss that unfolded on Nov. 30, 1864,” said Eric A. Jacobson, CEO of The Battle of Franklin Trust. “Seeing the luminaries glowing at dusk and hearing the names of some of those who were killed, wounded, or captured can make a profound impact and help better understand the Battle of Franklin.”

The ceremony to commemorate the battle’s anniversary will begin at 4 p.m. at Carter Hill Battlefield Park, west of Columbia Pike. Brief remarks will be delivered, and the names of casualties will be read aloud directly following. Visitors are invited to walk throughout the luminaries to experience this somber event.

Carnton and Carter House will be open to the public for free walk-through tours from 5-7 p.m. The final tours prior to the ceremony will begin at 3 p.m.

The Illumination ceremony is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Meagan Wuest at or call 615-794-0903. Volunteers are needed. Please email Jayde Jacobs at if you are interested.

About The Battle of Franklin Trust

The Battle of Franklin Trust is a 501(c)3 management corporation acting on behalf of Franklin’s battlefield sites to contribute to a greater understanding and enrich the visitor experience of the November 30, 1864 battle. It is organized for the charitable and educational purposes of preserving, restoring, maintaining and interpreting the properties, artifacts and documents related to the battle so as to preserve an important part of the nation’s history.

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