Robert Hicks, who sat on the Board of Directors of the Southern Garden History Society, died at home near Franklin, Tennessee, on Friday, February 25, 2022.
Fellow board member Barbara Adkins knew Robert for more than twenty years. Barbara said, “Robert was a force for good. He was a preservationist, a gardener, and a storyteller. A wise optimist. A good man.”
Robert was moved by the stories of the 1864 Battle of Franklin, Carnton Plantation, and a cemetery of more than fourteen hundred graves dug in the aftermath of that battle. He spearheaded the restoration of the house and went on to found Franklin’s Charge, the organization that helped reclaim nearly 200 acres of the battlefield.
Robert wrote a novel in 2005 telling the story of Carnton Plantation. Widow of the South became a best-seller and was followed by two sequels, A Separate Country (2009) and The Orphan Mother (2016.)
Robert Hicks will be deeply missed by members of the Southern Garden History Society and by all the communities he touched and illuminated.
“Why The Civil War Still Matters” is an essay Robert wrote for the New York Times, published July 2, 2013, the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg: