The Lotz House announced the Civil War house museum will host a two-part symposium reflecting on the “Forgotten Battle of Franklin – Dec. 17, 1864,” as well as the “10,000 Secrets Unearthed,” the largest caches of Confederate bullets ever unearthed in Middle Tennessee.
Lotz House Executive Director J.T. Thompson said, “We’re excited to bring this topic to Civil War enthusiasts because while we focus the story of the Battle of Franklin on the events leading up to and during the Nov. 30, 1864 battle, we don’t often hear about the forgotten Battle of Franklin held Dec. 17. Our own Lotz House Historian Thomas Cartwright will take us through the Confederate retreat from Nashville through Columbia on their way to the Alabama state line.”
On Dec. 17 following the Battle of Nashville, the Confederates were retreating south down Franklin Rd. This cache was unearthed north of the Harpeth River. Lotz House Guide and avid metal detector Robert Blythe will join Andy Willoughby to make a presentation on metal detecting. They will discuss the significance of the Henry find and the current opportunities for metal detecting on the battlefield in Franklin.
The symposium will be held at the Nashville-Franklin Elks Lodge #72 located at 485 Oak Meadow Dr. in Franklin on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Puckett’s Grocery is providing boxed lunches, and each participant will receive one of the Minni bullets from this collection with a certificate of authenticity. The cost is $50 per person, and reservations can be made by calling Lotz House Community Relations Director Laura Westbrook at 615-790-7190 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating is limited and reservations are required.