Battle of Franklin - Rebels assaulting without a fire arm

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Has anyone ever run across any reference to Confederate soldiers at the Battle of Franklin complaining they did not have a fire arm. I heard they were told to pick up sticks or fire arms from any fallen comrades during the battle. Anyone else run across a reference to this?
 

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Someone told me years ago they took a tour of the Carter house and the tour guide told them there were some CS troops that complained they had no firearm yet were being ordered into the charge. They were told to pick up sticks.
 

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Someone told me years ago they took a tour of the Carter house and the tour guide told them there were some CS troops that complained they had no firearm yet were being ordered into the charge. They were told to pick up sticks.
Never heard that before about Franklin... but heard it done at Shiloh or Murfreesbore
 
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Well, I have indeed read the account of men, I believe Mississippians, charging works at Franklin with nothing but sticks. I was sure I had read the account in Thomas Connolly’s “Autumn of Glory,” but I just got through thumbing through it and can’t find it. But it is, in fact, written somewhere- maybe not Connolly but somewhere. It is now bugging me to no end. Hopefully, I’ll figure out where I read it. I know it was written as a refutation to Hood’s belief that the AOT was scared to attack entrenched positions.
 
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I have not read of accounts of carrying sticks, but I know that the Army of The Tennessee CS had a shortage of shoes, and ammunition. It well could be a shortage of rifles as well. With out ammo they would have just as well been carrying a stick. Winston Groom in his book “Shrouds of Glory” describes that one Corps Commanders Surgeon ordered the soldiers without shoes to wrap their feet with raw cowhide. Winston Groom also made a comment that to me was humorous. He described the Army of the Tennessee charging their Northern brethren with being of Yankee Canine decent and addressing them with loud oathes.
 



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