…and even better to have “patrons.”
Above, that’s my friend and patron Chuck Cavalier, and on the wall behind him a beautifully framed print of my photo of Carnton Plantation that was taken at about 4PM on November 30, 2013 – exactly 149 years to the minute from the moment the Battle of Franklin started. Chuck is a history “Civil War buff,” and this Carnton print is just one of four that Chuck purchased from me to adorn the walls of his home in Franklin.
Accounts of the Battle of Franklin say said the sun was setting into a blood red sky as Confederate descended from Winstead Hill south of the village of Franklin toward Federal emplacements. That’s exactly how the sky looked 149 years later….
Carnton Plantation at ~4:30 PM November 30, 2013 – exactly 149 years ‘to the minute’ from when the Battle of Franklin commenced under a similar sky…
This image was used for the cover of The 1861 Project – Volume 3: Franklin. Listen to it via Spotify:
Two Sundays ago (that would make it March 23rd), I hauled my ass out of a bed in a Deerwood Inn in Erin, TN before dawn.
And what, you are surely wondering, was I doing in Erin, TN, let alone getting out of bed well before first light?
I was there for the annual re-enactment of the Battle of Fort Donelson, and was on my way to meet “General Grant” at the Federal troops campground as it came to life.I did some interesting close-up photos of “the General,” who does me the great honor of referring to me as “The Matthew Brady of the Re-enacted Civil War.” I’ll have some of those photos to share in the week ahead (I’ve been busy, and it’s almost all more or less photography-related), but here’s one I processed yesterday that I’m rather pleased with.
Dawn Awaits The Thunder
All of this is in preparation for the release later this spring of Volume 3 of The 1861 Project. Stay tuned…