On Wednesday, November 30, 1864 at Franklin, Tennessee, the decisive battle between Hood’s Confederate invaders and Union forces occurred. In the afternoon Hood launched a frontal attack against well entrenched Union forces which had arrived in Franklin first and had time to prepare for his assault. Hood’s assault carried the forward Union positions, but his attack eventually failed as the battle continued well into the nighttime hours. Five Confederate generals were killed on the field of battle, and one other was mortally wounded. The attacking Confederates took in excess of 6250 casualties compared to 2300 for the Union forces. Given that the South’s military was so deficient after Gettysburg and Vicksburg, the loss of six high ranking officers and so many casualties at Franklin constituted a disaster for the Confederacy.