December 5, 1864: Franklin, big victory for the South

Baghdad Bob
“There are no tanks in Baghdad!”

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The Richmond Daily Dispatch, of course, sees the battle of Franklin as a Confederate victory. Even though Hood lost over 6000 irreplaceable troops at the cost of about 2000 Union losses.


Hood’s advance on Nashville — victory over Schofield — the enemy driven fifteen miles.

The Yankee papers furnish an account of a battle at Franklin, Tennessee, eighteen miles south of Nashville; and though they claim a victory, it is plain, from their own showing, that they have sustained a disastrous defeat.

They describe their position at Franklin as perfect and their victory there as complete, and in the same breath announce the retreat of their army to Nashville. Wall street read this says the news of the victory was received at the gold board with many qualifications, and that gold at once jumped from 225 to 228 1-2, and stood at this figure.

We may have lost some prisoners in the beginning of the fight, but there is no room to doubt that a great and most important victory finally crowned our arms, and hence the great panic which the Herald describes as prevailing in Nashville and the country around.

It is evident that Hood is now master of the situation and is driving everything before him. Thomas is within the defences of Nashville, and the Nashville and Chattanooga road is in our hands. The Yankee press, by making great shouts over the battle at Franklin, seek at once to conceal a bad defeat and to relieve the uneasiness felt for the fate of Sherman, whom the Yankee fleet have been signalling in vain along the Atlantic coast.

Franklin, the point from which the enemy were driven by General Hood, is twenty miles south of Nashville.

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