Battle of Franklin, Eastern Flank

Battle of Franklin, Eastern Flank (HM1YC7)

Location: Franklin, TN 37064 Williamson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 54.344', W 86° 51.609'

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Casualties in Perspective

How costly was the Battle of Franklin? More Americans became casualties in this five-hour battle than were lost in the first twenty-four hours of the Invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, the largest amphibious assault in history.

In both battles, there is still no "final" casualty count, largely because both engagements were part of massive and continuing campaigns. At Franklin as well as in France, many officers in charge of tracking losses were themselves kill in combat. Records were damaged or misplaced. Reports were often incomplete. As a result, it may never be known exactly how many fell on either side.

Most of those listed as "missing" at Franklin were actually prisoners of war. At the time, there was no formal requirement to provide names and numbers of opponents captured in battle. During World War II, the Geneva Convention of 1929 required each side to report all prisoners in its possession. On D-Day, few Americans were captured, and a large proportion of the missing men had drowned off the beaches of Normandy. In both battles, there were many instance where artillery and other weapons simply destroyed bodies beyond any hope of identification.

When American soldiers disembarked from landing craft onto Omaha Beach (shown here) and Utah beach on June
6, 1944, long- and short-range artillery, automatic rifles, hand grenades, land mines, and machine guns were just some of the lethal devices that raked them. They suffered a lower percentage of casualties than those who fought at the Battle of Franklin.
HM NumberHM1YC7
Series This marker is part of the Tennessee: Tennessee Civil War Trails series
Placed ByTennessee Civil War Trails
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Date Added Thursday, May 18th, 2017 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 512619 N 3973502
Decimal Degrees35.90573333, -86.86015000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 54.344', W 86° 51.609'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 54' 20.64" N, 86° 51' 36.54" W
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Area Code(s)615
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin TN 37064, US
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