CIVIL WAR ERA
DUG / FRANKLIN TN
The Medal of the Immaculate Conception, popularly known as the Miraculous Medal, is unique among all medals. It was designed by the Blessed Virgin Mary herself. Our Lady manifested the Medal to Sister Catherine Laboure on November 27, 1830 in the motherhouse of the Daughters of Charity of St. vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac in Paris. Catherine saw Our Lady standing on a globe, with dazzling rays of light streaming from her outstretched hands. Framing the figure was an inscription: O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Then Mary spoke to Catherine: " Have a medal struck upon this model. Those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck"
The vision then seemed to turn to show the reverse of the Medal: the letter M surmounted by a cross with a bar at its base, below this monogram, the Sacred Heart of Mary pierced with a sword. With approval of the Catholic Church, the first medals were made in 1932 and were distributed in Paris. almost immediately the blessings that Mary had promised began to shower down on those who wore her medal, and soon all of France was clamoring for what the people referred to as the Miraculous Medal.
The Miraculous Medal, is a medallion which was commonly wormed by soldiers fighting in the Civil War for protection and constant reminder of their faith.
About the Campsite
Located in the middle of all of this history is a family farm comprised of approximately 700 acres with its antebellum home built in 1806 and used as a hospital during the war, slave houses and rows of ancient hardwood trees all of which remain to this day silent witnesses to the suffering and destruction. This property has been in the family for many generations, a wealthy family in the early 1800's who farmed the land and kept many slaves before the war. Untouched since the Battle of Franklin, this pristine and virginal ground is gradually giving up its treasures and historic relics.
One can almost feel the presence of these brave young soldiers huddled around campfires eating their dinners while the sound of harmonicas and the smell of the fires filled the air. One soldier is writing a letter home to his family while another is cleaning his rifle and sharpening his weapons. Others are mending their torn uniforms and trying to repair shoes that no longer cover the feet of those who have walked so far to arrive at this place. Gatd under the large trees for shelter in a sea of tents pitched throughout the fields they tend to the horses, the wounded, making plans and strategy for the fight ahead. And just like that, the doctors are treating the wounded, amputating arms and legs with little or no anesthesia while their shrill cries break the steady drone of moaning from soldiers in pain and suffering.
With the permission of the farm's owner, I have been given the distinct honor to search and excavate the relics that lay untouched for more than 150 years. Each relic is dug by hand with the greatest of care and respect. Although in many cases it is impossible to determine the exact age of the original relics, they are 100% authentic and have remained untouched since the day they fell to the ground. Every item is cleaned with great care to remove years of rust and corrosion to reveal the treasure beneath, boasting loudly the gifted craftsmanship which created these tools, weapons, household and farm implements most of which were handcrafted.
It takes hours of back breaking, dirty work to find these treasures. I have searched for weeks and months, metal detecting in scorching heat, driving rain and bone chilling cold to bring these lost treasures to you. Each treasure is a unique and authentic piece of history, each and every one of them found on this hallowed site .
Thanks for your interest and good luck!
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