About The Author

tina.pngI consider myself to be an “accidental historian” and storyteller. A healthcare lawyer by training, I became involved in 2000 with a group of African American senior citizens through an outreach program at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, Tennessee. This work exposed me to stories and history unlike any that I had heard growing up in my native Connecticut. Ever since moving to Williamson County I have learned about many aspect's of Williamson County’s rich Civil War heritage including the Battle of Franklin - my husband and I even hosted our wedding reception at Carnton. But the narratives I was now learning were of a different side of Williamson County – untold stories, forgotten heroes – and I wanted to know more. 

In 2006, I started helping the group of senior citizens trace their genealogy. Through that work, I learned that in 1860 – the year before the Civil War broke out – more than 12,000 people lived in bondage in Williamson County; this accounted for more than half of the population. I also found an online reference that identified just three former slaves from Williamson County who had joined the US Army’s Colored Troops to fight in the Civil War. That number did not ring true to me. Williamson County had been under US control for nearly the entire War. Surely out of 12,000 people, more than 3 men had served?  My curiosity about that fact led me to start researching and I soon found that the number was nearly 100 times larger. Almost 300 men had enlisted in the United States Army and Navy in the War and 60 had lost their lives. I wanted to share their stories. This website and project are dedicated to their memory, in honor of their bravery, sacrifice and service.