Returning to the Stage: The Battle of Franklin


Writing The Battle of Franklin and watching it come to life on stage was one of the highlights of 2016. Director Matt Logan, songwriter Patrick Thomas, and an amazing cast of Nashville’s best talent breathed life into the story in ways that took my breath away and made it even better than I imagined.

When I wrote the show, I wasn’t prepared for how relevant this story of familial and societal conflict would be (the 2016 presidential election fell during its opening run), and I think its themes have become even more relevant since. One of the characters in the play says “History is Franklin. History is now” and that gets truer every day it seems. I’m glad the show is coming back, and I hope the audiences that encounter it will go home moved and unsettled and perhaps ready to look at the people around them in new ways.

I think there were ten performances last year and each of them sold out. Next month, Studio Tenn is remounting the show for a 16 more performances. If you missed the chance to see it last year, you’ve got another shot this September.

I know a lot of you are already traveling to Nashville for the Rich Mullins tribute show at the Ryman on Sunday, September 25th. If you want to make a weekend of it, The Battle of Franklin’s closing performance is Friday, September 22nd.

Tickets are available here.

Here’s the just-released trailer for the show (and below that a behind-the-scenes short from last year.

Pete Peterson is the author of the Revolutionary War adventure The Fiddler’s Gun and its sequel Fiddler’s Green. Among the many strange things he’s been in life are the following: U.S Marine air traffic controller, television editor, art teacher and boatwright at the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, and progenitor of the mysterious Budge-Nuzzard. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Jennifer, where he's the Executive Director of the Rabbit Room and Managing Editor of Rabbit Room Press.


  1. Gypsy Martin


    This is great news! I was moved to tears by the reading of The Battle of Franklin at Hutchmoot, and thought it deserved more performances than just the original run. I wish I could be there to see the fully-fleshed version!

  2. Laure Hittle


    @gypsy, if there’s any way you can manage it, GO. i have never been so blown away by a play’s lighting before. And there’s no comparing the music’s demo recordings with the actual cast. The staged production is just unbelievable.

    i love this thing so much, Pete.

  3. Gypsy Martin


    @mrs-hittle, If I could, I surely would! My plane ticket from Portland to Nashville (at the times I needed, so I don’t have to bail early like last year) for Hutchmoot cost me more than it would to fly from Portland to Iceland! So, just the one trip for me, alas. But, for sure, everyone who can should go!


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