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Archaeologists digging at Battle of Franklin site

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) - Archaeologists are hoping to uncover evidence from the Battle of Franklin ahead of the clash's 150th anniversary this November.

Preservationists have worked for years to purchase the property behind a pizza restaurant and strip mall where Confederate troops and Union forces opened fire on Nov. 30, 1864.

Archaeologist Larry McKee told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1wfZ6hy) his team is using a historic map of the property in combination with modern mapping software to determine where to dig.

They know the battle that killed 8,500 took place near a cotton gin. They hope to find evidence of the gin as well as the defensive fortifications dug by the soldiers.

Preservationists hope the site will eventually become the centerpiece of a nearly 20-acre Civil War park.

Excavation work will continue through Sept. 19.

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