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.