In what has been a milestone year for battlefield preservation and reclamation, Battle of Franklin Trust CEO Eric Jacobson recently received the Tennie Pinkerton Dozier award from the Save the Franklin Battlefield organization.
The award is presented annually to an individual who has made a long-term, compelling commitment to battlefield preservation efforts in Williamson County.
“I am extremely honored to be the recipient of the Tennie Pinkerton Award,” Jacobson said in a press release announcing the award “Saving what we can of the Franklin battlefield is one of our greatest challenges, and also one of the most rewarding.”
Preservationists were rewarded in 2016 with the removal of several structures from the sites of the fiercest fighting in the 1864 Battle of Franklin, including the 1950s-era Franklin High School gym and some houses used as offices and retail space. The result has been the expansion of the area around the Carter House that will allow visitors to better interpret what went on that day through the lay of the land.
Save the Franklin Battlefield, Inc. is a non-profit organization consisting of volunteers from across the world who are dedicated to the preservation, protection and promotion of Civil War sites in Williamson County.
Tennie Pinkerton Dozier, the award’s namesake, was the wife of a Confederate soldier who devoted her life to honoring those who fought and sacrificed their lives at the Battle of Franklin.
She was one of the first people in Franklin to champion the need to have a battlefield park, organized the local chapter of United Daughters of the Confederacy and helped raise funds for the Confederate soldier monument in Franklin’s square.
Jacobson is the author of three books on the American Civil War, including “For Cause & For Country,” “The McGavock Confederate Cemetery” and “Baptism of Fire.”