A Franklin man's backyard became one of 11 Tennessee sites added to the National Register of Historic Places this week after archaeological digs there turned up one of the two oldest human settlements ever documented in the state.
The privately owned 16-acre tract on Burnt Hickory Road is thick with pines and young hardwoods, but little else of interest other than its role as a staging ground for a Civil War battle 147 years ago.
Words weren’t enough for Confederate infantryman John Ray Moss.
In an 1861 letter sent to his wife Nancy from Lick Creek, Tenn., he took the time to draw the three-story house he pledged to build for her, complete with a belfry, wraparound porch and Confederate flag.
Gray-uniformed soldier re-enactors fired long-barreled muskets in salute and United Daughers of the Confederacy in ankle-length dresses set wreaths before the towering statue of Nathan Bedford Forest in Memphis, paying tribute to a Confederate cavalryman whose exploits still divide Americans today.
On what is expected to be the first warm, sunny weekend of the tourist season and the official beginning of the Civil War’s 150th anniversary, the gates of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park may be closed.