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Contract Dispute Keeps Part Of Old Home Over Franklin Battlefield Site

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Contract Dispute Keeps Part Of Old Home Over Franklin Battlefield Site

CREATED Jun 24, 2014

by Jason Lamb

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – One of the bloodiest fights of the Civil War took place during the Battle of Franklin, known as the Cotton Gin Assault. Groups have been trying to preserve the area ahead of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin, but a contract dispute has gotten in the way.

In May, movers transplanted part of a house that sits atop the battlefield to its new home in Giles County, all ahead of plans to turn parts of the Franklin neighborhood into a battlefield park.

But after the first half of the home was moved, a contract dispute appears to have delayed the removal of the other half of the house, leaving it sitting propped up on beams on the land in Franklin.

Richard Camp is the mover the homeowners hired to move the house. He said a contract issue about when payment for the move is due is delaying the move of the second half.

The Heritage Foundation said they're hopeful the house will be moved in time for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin, scheduled for November.

“We've accomplished a lot, it'll happen, it's just that these things take time to get them done right, and we want this done. This is too important to rush it, we want it done well,” said Stacey Watson with the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County.

Once the rest of the house is removed, the Heritage foundation wants to begin archaeological work in the area to perhaps uncover civil war artifacts.

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