FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The 2008 Symposium, “Fighting for the Heartland!” takes place June 19-21 in Franklin. It provides an engaging exploration of the Civil War story in Middle Tennessee from 1862 to 1864 and enhances the understanding of the War’s significance.

Supported by the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, the Symposium features expert guides and faculty who will provide tours and lectures addressing such themes as the military campaigns, the costs of occupation and the promise of emancipation. The Symposium also will present workshops on best practices in battlefield preservation and heritage tourism, including a discussion of the new state Civil War Trails system.

The Symposium includes two bus tours scheduled for June 20 and 21. The first will explore the scene of the bloody and decisive Battle of Franklin, which took place on Nov. 30, 1864. The tour will include stops at Winstead Hill, Carnton Plantation, the Carter House and Fort Granger. The second tour will visit three different battlefield sites including Thompson’s Station, the Battle of Murfreesboro and Stones River Battlefield.

There will be a host of well-known scholars and experts for the Symposium including Dr. Carroll Van West of the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, Mitch Bowman of the Civil War Trails, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Carole Morris of Meritage Consulting, Thomas Cartwright, director of The Carter House, Eric Jacobson of Carnton Plantation, and others. The Symposium will close with a walk through the Living History at the Eastern Flank Battlefield in Franklin and a dinner on the grounds of Carnton Plantation. Both days are packed with information, food, and fun.

The host hotel for the conference is the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. Reservations at the hotel may be made by calling (888) 236-2427.

Registration for the conference may be made online at the Franklin’s Charge Web site,, or by calling (615) 595-0636.

Franklin’s Charge, Inc., in cooperation with the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, the Franklin-Williamson County Chamber of Commerce, The Carnton Association, The Carter House, the African American Heritage Association, The Heritage Foundation, the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association and the Tennessee Preservation Trust, are working together to present this Symposium.

For more information, contact Stacey Watson at (615) 595-0636.