William Farley, second from left, fires a mortar at Fort Johnson, near Fort Sumter, to commemorate the moment the first shots of the Civil War were fired 150 years ago in Charleston, S.C. on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Alice Keeney)
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) -- Preservationists in Franklin, Tenn., say the purchase of a tract of land will be the centerpiece when the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's Battle of Franklin is commemorated in 2014.
They just met a goal of raising $500,000 in less than six months to go toward buying the tract now anchored by a pizza shop in the town just south of Nashville.
The site is described as ground zero for the 1864 battle when Confederates made a fateful charge toward a well-fortified federal line. It's considered to be one of the last gasps of the Confederacy.
Franklin's Charge, a nonprofit battlefield reclamation organization, has worked since 2007 to acquire key parcels for a Civil War park. Spokesmen said the Franklin battlefield has become a national model for preservation.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.