“Rising from the Ashes: William Holland and the Cemetery Community” at July Round Table

On Sunday, July 8th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will host Stones River National Battlefield Park ranger Jim Lewis, who will present, “Rising from the Ashes: William Holland and the Cemetery Community.”

At the end of the Civil War, battlefield landscapes were often changed forever, especially when cemeteries were created. In the year following the war, William Holland and his comrades from the 111th United States Colored Troops helped establish Stones River National Cemetery, while also rebuilding their own lives on the very blood-stained fields they had fought across. Ranger Lewis will explore the evolution and impact to the community of this iconic cemetery.

Born in Burlington, Vermont and raised in New Jersey, Lewis is a graduate of Cornell University and resides in Murfreesboro. He has served in the National Park Service since 1991 and has been at Stones River since 1997, now as the park’s Chief of Interpretation & Cultural Resource Management. He serves on the advisory board of the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association and is a founding member of the Middle Tennessee Civil War Round Table.

The event is free to the public. The Franklin Civil War Round Table is an educational program of Franklin’s Charge, and meets each month at Carnton's Fleming Center, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle. For more information, email fcwrt@yahoo.com, or visit https://www.franklinscharge.org/round-table.