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Monday, June 20, 2011

Carnton Plantation


Sunday we went to the Carnton Plantation which is near the Carter House and is tied very much to the Battle of Franklin. As you see by our photo, the entrance to the plantation is through a very nice neighborhood. This is the road you travel to get to the Carnton Home.




As the Battle of Franklin ended, there were 10,000 soldiers dead, wounded or missing. This  battle is said to be the bloodiest five hours of the Civil War. The population of Franklin was only 750 people and what were they to do with the 9,000 dead or wounded…1,000 of that 10,000 were missing. The below is copied from the web site about the Carnton Home and is a direct quote:

“A staff officer later wrote that "the wounded, in hundreds, were brought to [the house] during the battle, and all the night after. And when the noble old house could hold no more, the yard was appropriated until the wounded and dead filled that...."

On the morning of December 1, 1864 the bodies of four Confederate generals killed during the fighting, Patrick R. Cleburne, Hiram B. Granbury, John Adams, and Otho F. Strahl, lay on Carnton’s back porch. The floors of the restored home are still stained with the blood of the men who were treated here.”

John and Carrie McGavock, the owners of the Plantation, maintained that cemetery, mainly by themselves, for the rest of their lives.





It is the largest private military cemetery (in terms of buried soldiers) in the United States.


  1. Thanks for the tour. A beautiful setting for this cemetery. Stay cool.

  2. Thanks for the tour we love the history that happend in this country very interesting.

  3. WHen you really think about it, there were so many battles during that war, some I've never heard of. This is one of them. Thanks for the history lesson.


  4. The grounds and drive and plantation were beautiful, yet the graveyard statistics were sobering. Kind of an oxymoron, wasn't it?

  5. Thanks for sharing this part of history with us. This will definitely be on my list of places that I want to visit. Amazing story.

  6. The losses are simply overwhelming. :(

  7. Thanks for the tour and another great history lesson. The Civil War loss of life was simply unbelievable.

  8. Robert would love visiting there, he loves Civil War history. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope you hear about Mike's test results soon.

  9. love the plantation shot! beautiful..

  10. Gorgeous photos. Enjoyed boththe tour and the historical insights.

  11. The Civil War is one of my fav's to study...We were headed to Vicksburg last winter when Den's back went out...Maybe next year...


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