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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

November 30, 1864

Battle of Franklin

The Confederate army, or what was left of it, that had futilely tried to defend Georgia under General John Bell Hood had retreated into Alabama, then moved north into Tennessee. On this day they met an equally sized Union force near Franklin, where the Confederates suffered a devastating defeat, losing over six thousand men, including six generals. The Confederates repeatedly tried to assault well fortified Union positions, leading some to refer to the Battle of Franklin as the “Pickett’s charge of the West.”