Civil War

The Battle of Franklin was one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. More than 150 years later, the stories of both despair and heroism have been carefully preserved.
The Battle of Franklin was one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. More than 150 years later, the stories of both despair and heroism have been carefully preserved.


Through the blaze of re-enactors’ muskets, into history-rich towns, the Natchez Trace Parkway and communities along its path preserve some of the most exciting and intriguing Civil War history in America.

Near the northern terminus of the Trace in Franklin, Tennessee you’ll find the site of an incredible and hard-fought battle so intense it became known as “The Gettysburg of the West.” Travelers of all ages can trace the steps of both Ulysses S. Grant’s march to end the war and Nathan Bedford Forrest’s brilliant raids to harass and surprise the Union forces.

Further south, there’s the Raymond Battlefield site – featured on the History Channel – and Port Gibson, Mississippi, spared by Union armies as “too beautiful to burn.” In Alabama, the Edith Culver Memorial Museum and LaGrange College Site host Civil War relics and the well-preserved historic Pope’s Tavern.

All along the way you’ll find countless battlefields, skirmish sites, antebellum plantations, and monuments to the men and women who sacrificed everything in America’s most tragic struggle. If you’re a Civil War history buff, the Natchez Trace Parkway is a place you simply must-visit.

Ready to plan your Trace trip and step back in time? Start here with our Interactive Map and build your own itinerary.

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