By Julie Duke, Youth Services Manager
The Book Release Party was a drop in program for families. We had both soldiers and civilians, including ladies in beautiful hoop skirts, for the visitors to meet and greet. General Grant was also there, and President Abraham Lincoln (aka Dennis Boggs, who to me is the quintessential Lincoln, charming and personable) gave the Gettysburg Address. My husband, Lawrence, brought some of his collection of original Civil War artifacts, and the Tennessee State Museum loaned us a trunk of hands on CW clothing and equipment. It was delightful to see the kids dress up in the period clothing. On the Foundation’s Facebook page, you can see photos of the event, https://www.facebook.com/wmclf. I lost count, but there was about 100 patrons on Sunday.
Academy Park Press, an imprint of Williamson County Public Library, is proud to announce the release of its second book Bullets and Bayonets: A Battle of Franklin Primer, which is a sesquicentennial project of the Battle of Franklin especially for youth. The project was a collaborative creation by library staff, with text written and compiled by Leesa Harmon and Julie Duke, and by historian Lawrence C. Duke.
November 30, 2014, marks the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin. The battle, dubbed the ‘Gettysburg of the West’, lasted only five hours, but more soldiers were killed in that time than during any other battle of the Civil War. Six Confederate generals were killed, and the entire town of Franklin became a hospital for the wounded. “Bullets and Bayonets” tells the story of the Battle of Franklin in the words of the participants. Soldiers and citizens bear witness to what they observed, experienced and felt about a battle that forever changed the lives of all who were there.
On Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 2 to 4 pm, the Library is celebrating the release of the book and copies will be available for purchase. Including in the “drop-in” program is President Abraham Lincoln who will give the Gettysburg Address at 2:30 pm. Local Civil War re-enactors, including General Ulysses S. Grant, will be in period dress, and Civil War artifacts will be on display, including a “hands on” traveling trunk from the Tennessee State Museum.
Your signed copies will make wonderful holiday gifts! Bring the whole family to this free special event.