A veteran medical practitioner, Dr. Jerry M. Foster has a hobby that takes him outside of his medical expertise in oncology – the Civil War. A member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and Society of Civil War Surgeons, Dr. Jerry M. Foster has particular interest in the battle of Franklin, Tennessee. “I guess living here makes that particular battle all the more interesting,” states Dr. Foster.
A part of the Franklin-Nashville campaign, the Battle of Franklin, was one of the major disasters for the Confederate States Army, explains Dr. Jerry M. Foster. “This is a battle with 20,000 Confederate soldiers and fourteen generals commanding,” adds Dr. Foster. So devastating was the loss for the Confederate States, that of the fourteen generals, six were killed and one mortally wounded. “Of the remaining Generals, seven were wounded and one was captured,” recounts Dr. Jerry M. Foster.
Dr. Foster adds that the Battle of Franklin was battle number two in his hometown. “The incident most commonly discussed is the huge battle with 20,000 soldiers that took place in November of 1864,” explains Dr. Foster. However, according to Dr. Jerry M. Foster, there was also a smaller conflict in Franklin during April of 1863. “The Battle of Franklin 1864 was led by Confederate Lt. General John Bell Hood against Union forces commanded by Major General John M. Schofield,” says Dr. Jerry M. Foster.
“The Confederate States Army just would not give up,” says Dr. Jerry M. Foster. After defeat, they continued to come back at the Union occupied area only to be defeated again. Dr. Foster adds that, “In comparison to Gettysburg, which all know as a devastating battle field the Franklin battle really comes to light.” Where Picket lost 1,354 men at Gettysburg, the Army of Tennessee had over 6,000 dead or wounded. “Even to this day The Carter House, the Union stronghold, stands as a symbol of the battle,” notes Dr. Jerry M. Foster. According to Dr. Foster, it is a quite a site to see. “The bullet holes from the battle are still visible and when you think about what took place there and the lives that were lost, it is quite chilling,” concludes Dr. Jerry M. Foster.
Dr. Jerry M. Foster has served his patients for thirty years with distinction and accolade. Board Certified by the state of Tennessee in Medical Oncology and Internal Medicine, Dr. Jerry M. Foster has demonstrated his vast subject knowledge through several earned degrees. For more information, visit http://drjerrymfoster.com