Houston Civil War Round Table honors Franklin historian and preservationist The Battle of Franklin Trust CEO Eric A. Jacobson receives prestigious Frank E. Vandiver Merit Award

Franklin, Tenn. – The Houston Civil War Round Table has announced The Battle of Franklin Trust CEO Eric A. Jacobson will be the recipient of the 2016 Frank E. Vandiver Merit Award.

The award is named after Civil War Historian Dr. Frank E. Vandiver. Vandiver first served as a history professor at Rice University in Houston, Texas. In addition, he served as President of Rice University, Texas A&M University, and University of North Texas. Vandiver was also a Houston Civil War Round Table member.

The award is presented annually by the Houston Civil War Round Table to authors, civil war trusts, battlefield sites, and major contributors of preservation and restoration.

“Eric consistently demonstrates such profound dedication to historic preservation and education,” commented The Battle of Franklin Trust Board President Marianne Schroer. “His leadership is incredibly valuable in our community and his deep commitment to preserving the battlefields in Franklin while continuing to tell our story is truly inspiring.”

Jacobson has been a student of the American Civil War since the mid-1980s. He has authored three books, “For Cause & For Country,” “The McGavock Confederate Cemetery” and “Baptism of Fire.” He is currently working on his fourth book – a biography of Federal General George D. Wagner. Jacobson has a deep interest in elevating the stories about Spring Hill and Franklin to their appropriate place in history. For many years he has assisted a variety of private and municipal organizations, from Franklin’s Charge to the Civil War Trust to the City of Franklin and the City of Spring Hill, in their efforts to preserve and reclaim critical portions of both battlefields.

 About The Battle of Franklin Trust

The Battle of Franklin Trust is a 501(c)3 management corporation acting on behalf of Franklin’s battlefield sites to contribute to a greater understanding and enrich the visitor experience of the November 30, 1864 battle. It is organized for the charitable and educational purposes of preserving, restoring, maintaining and interpreting the properties, artifacts and documents related to the battle so as to preserve an important part of the nation’s history.

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