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$2.8 Million Deal for Battle of Franklin Property

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Civil War preservation groups have signed an agreement to purchase more land in the heart of Franklin where some of the Battle of Franklin’s fiercest fighting took place.

Franklin’s Charge and the Battle of Franklin Trust announced an agreement yesterday to purchase property immediately south of the Carter House for $2.8 million dollars.

Franklin’s Charge board member Julian Bibb says he’s confident the money to complete the purchase can be raised because Civil War enthusiasts are passionate about the Battle of Franklin. He notes that in addition to the battle’s historical significance, it also represents a compelling story about historic preservation.

“Franklin and the preservation groups have been recapturing what was a lost battlefield by acquiring already developed properties and returning them to their 1864 appearance.”

The property is being sold by Franklin residents Reid and Brenda Lovell. Mr. Lovell told supporters gathered at the site for yesterday’s announcement that he had ancestors who fought in the battle.