From October 12-14, 2018, Color Bearers gathered in Franklin, Tennessee, for our annual Grand Review — an exciting weekend of history and camaraderie. The weekend kicked off with a history talk by noted author and historian Robert Hicks, followed by a welcome reception on Friday. Guests chose between full-day Battle of Nashville and Battle of Franklin tours on Saturday, finishing the day with a beautiful evening reception and dinner banquet at Historic Carnton. On Sunday, Jim Lighthizer held a Breakfast Q&A, before guests departed for their final half-day tours.
The Trust would like to say "thank you" to everyone who attended this year's Grand Review, and would especially like to recognize the many first time attendees. Next year's Grand Review will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, from October 18-20, 2019. The Grand Review is an invitation-only event, open to all Brigade, Division, Corps, and National Color Bearers.
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Historian Robert Hicks speaks to the group on Friday evening
The Grand Review began with a history talk by noted author and historian, and Franklin resident, Robert Hicks.
Attendees Enjoy Friday's Reception
Following the history talk on Friday evening, guests enjoyed an outdoor welcome reception.
Battle of Nashville Tour at the Tennessee State Capitol
Attendees on the Battle of Nashville tour stop by the Andrew Jackson statue at the Tennesee State Capitol.
Trust Staff at the Tennessee State Capitol
Trust Staff at the Tennessee State Capitol in downtown Nashvile, on the Battle of Nashville tour.
Garry Adelman at the Tennessee State Capitol
Garry Adelman uses historic photos for Battle of Nashville attendees to envision the land where they stand during the Civil War.
Tour Group at Fort Negley
Battle of Nashville attendees at Fort Negley.
Eric Jacobson leads the Battle of Franklin tour
Historian Eric Jacobson leads guests on Saturday's Battle of Franklin tour.
Battle of Franklin Tour
Attendees tour the Battle of Franklin. Note the gravel to the right of the cannons, which indicates the Union line.
Picturesque Carter House property
Outbuilding, cannon, and beautiful view at the historic Carter House.
Battle of Franklin Tour Group
Tour Group at the Carter House, during Saturday's Battle of Franklin.
Historian Brad Kinnison on the Battle of Franklin tour
Historian Brad Kinnison on the Battle of Franklin tour.
McGavock Cemetery at Historic Carnton
The McGavock Confederate Cemetery at Historic Carnton Plantation. Nearly 1,500 Confederate soldiers are buried here, casualties of the Battle of Franklin.
Guests explore the McGavock Cemetery
Guests on the Battle of Franklin Tour explore the McGavock Cemetery in Franklin.
The beautiful house at Historic Carnton
The beautiful house at Historic Carnton, owned by the McGavock family and now by the Battle of Franklin Trust.
Guests enjoy an outdoor cocktail reception at Historic Carnton
On Saturday evening, guests enjoyed an outdoor cocktail reception at Historic Carnton, along with tours of the home.
Cocktail Reception at Carnton
Cocktail Reception before dinner at Carnton — a lovely Saturday evening!
Dinner Banquet at Historic Carnton
The weekend culminated in a tented dinner banquet at Historic Carnton.
Saturday night camaraderie
Guests mix and mingle at Saturday's dinner banquet.
Sunday's Battle of Stone's River Tour
Guest on Sunday's Battle of Stone's River half-day tour.
Tour Group at Stone's River
Tour Group at Stone's River on Sunday.
Jim Lighthizer and Past Trust Chairman Mike Grainger
On Friday afternoon, the Trust unveiled a boulder in honor of Mike Grainger, past Trust Chairman of the Board, who was instrumental in our Franklin preservation success.
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