Learn about the history of Franklin, Tennessee from some of the nation’s elite historians
Speakers & Historians
Garry Adelman, Director of History and Education for the Civil War Trust, earned his B.A. in business from Michigan State University and his M.A. in history at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He is the award-winning author, co-author or editor of Gettysburg in 3-D (2013) Antietam in 3-D (2012), Manassas Battlefields Then & Now (2011), The Civil War 150 (2011), Antietam: Then & Now (2005), The Myth of Little Round Top (2003), The Early Gettysburg Battlefield (2001), Little Round Top: A Detailed Tour Guide (2000), and the award-winning Devil's Den: A History and Guide (1997) as well as nine Civil War image booklets. He has published articles in Civil War Times, Civil War Monitor, Gettysburg Magazine, Civil War News, Hallowed Ground and others. He has conceived and drafted the text for wayside exhibits at eight battlefields, has given thousands of battlefield tours at more than 50 sites and has lectured at hundreds of locations across the country including the National Archives, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. He has appeared as a speaker on the BBC, C-Span, Pennsylvania Cable Network, American Heroes Channel, and on HISTORY where he was a chief consultant and talking head on the Emmy Award-winning show Gettysburg (2011) and Blood and Glory: The Civil War in Color (2015). He is a founder and longtime vice president of the Center for Civil War Photography and is a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg
Dan Davis is a native of Fredericksburg, VA where his love for the Civil War began on childhood trips to local battlefields. He is a graduate of Longwood University with a bachelor’s degree in Public History. Dan has worked as a Ranger/Historian at Appomattox Court House National Historical Site and the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. He is the author or co-author of numerous books and articles on the Civil War and is a regular contributor to Emerging Civil War. He currently resides in Fredericksburg.
In the words of Nashville Lifestyles magazine, “being a New York Times best-selling author should be enough — but not for Robert Hicks, award-winning author of The Widow of the South, A Separate Country and The Orphan Mother. His passion for words is equaled by one for preservation, saving the history-steeped places associated with the Battle of Franklin. Writer, speaker, leader, world-traveler, preservationist — one person really can make a difference.”
Eric A. Jacobson has been studying the American Civil War for nearly three decades. A Minnesota native, Eric lived in Arizona for over a decade. While there he, along with two other principals, started and ran a small business, which grew to over 150 employees by 2003. Eric left Arizona to pursue other interests and relocated to Middle Tennessee in 2005. He is the author of For Cause & For Country: A Study of the Affair at Spring Hill and the Battle of Franklin, a project which encompassed nearly 10 years. The book was published in March 2006 and is considered by some to be one of the most important books ever written about the 1864 Tennessee Campaign.
Eric’s second book, The McGavock Confederate Cemetery, was published in April 2007. He is the Chief Executive Officer of The Battle of Franklin Trust, which manages the Carter House and Carnton. His third book, entitled Baptism of Fire, which details the roles of three Federal regiments at the Battle of Franklin, was released in September 2011. He is currently working on his fourth book.
Eric has worked with preservations organizations such as the American Battlefield Trust, Franklin’s Charge, the American Battlefield Protection Program, the National Park Service, and Save The Franklin Battlefield for over a decade to reclaim and preserve important sections of the Spring Hill and Franklin battlefields. He was also one of the driving forces behind the installation of dozens of Civil Wars Trails markers across Middle Tennessee. Eric served for many years on the City of Franklin’s Battlefield Task Force and was a longtime Franklin’s Charge board member. He has spoken to dozens of organizations around the country and also contributed to the documentary The Civil War: The Untold Story, which covered the war in the Western Theatre.
He lives in rural Maury County, Tennessee with his wife Nancy.
Jim Lewis has been a Park Ranger with the National Park Service since 1991. Since 1997, he has been a fixture at Stones River National Battlefield, serving as a park ranger, curator and de-facto historian. He became the Chief of Interpretation & Cultural Resource Management in 2016. Jim has researched and presented dozens of interpretive programs at Stones River National Battlefield and across the country on a variety of Civil War topics. He has also produced numerous interpretive publications and exhibits for the National Park Service. The September 2012 Blue and Gray Magazine featured “Lincoln’s Hard Earned Victory,” a full issue article written by Ranger Lewis that provides a concise analysis of the Stones River Campaign and its military, political, and social consequences. Born in Burlington, Vermont and raised in New Jersey, Jim is a graduate of Cornell University (BA in History) and has been a student of Civil War history since his late teens. He lives in Murfreesboro with his wife Beth and son James. He serves on the advisory board of the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association. He is also a member of Company B of the Ninth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, U.S.
Brad Kinnison is a historical enthusiast who has worked with the Battle of Franklin Trust for over three years. He gives tours of Carter House, which was the Federal headquarters during the Battle of Franklin, and Carnton, which was a Confederate field hospital. He also conducts tours of the Franklin Battlefield. Brad has led Battlefield tours for decedents of soldiers who fought in General Hood’s Texan Brigade, and various active duty military groups. Brad produces a podcast on behalf of the Battle of Franklin Trust called "TENN in 20,” in which he and a co-worker discuss interesting aspects of Tennessee history in episodes that last roughly twenty minutes. He is also an editor and writer for the Battlefield Dispatch, a quarterly magazine produced by the Battle of Franklin Trust.
Gregory L. Wade is active in Franklin historic preservation and currently serves on the Battle of Franklin Trust and Franklin’s Charge boards. He is a member of several other related organizations including the Company of Military Historians and the American Battlefield Trust’s Color Bearers. In 2014 his historic fiction, Broken Valley, was released dealing with the difficulties faced by families behind the lines and is based on many factual events. He has written for several history publications including the Civil War News, Sea Classics and North South. He has also written numerous book reviews and is a guest columnist for the Franklin Home Page online newspaper. In 2008 he founded the Franklin Civil War Round Table which presents nationally known scholars and authors for monthly presentations. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Wade resides in Franklin with his wife, Beth.