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Carnton

1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin, TN 37064, USA
| +1 615-794-0903
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Carnton  Franklin Tennessee United States

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Carnton

A historic plantation, Carnton played a crucial role in the Battle of Franklin in 1864. During the pivotal clash, the house served as a large field hospital for some of the more than 1,750 Confederate soldiers who ultimately lost their lives over the two days of fighting. Four generals who died during the battle were even laid out in the home before their burial. 

Today, the property is managed by the nonprofit Battle of Franklin Trust, which also operates an on-site museum and offers expert-led tours of the mansion and battlefield. Take an hour-long tour of Carnton to learn how Franklin residents came together to care for and bury wounded soldiers from both sides, or walk the battlefield and visit the sites of several important skirmishes.

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Deceptively Peaceful Plantation Living

Despite how peaceful this front porch may look, its history is rooted in the chaos of the Civil War. Confederate soldiers swept through the McGavock Family's fields in their attempt to overtake the Union in the Battle of Franklin, said to be the bloodiest five hours of the Civil War. Blood stains are still visible on the interior floor boards of this house which was converted into a field hospital where the McGavock Family personally helped doctors tend to hundreds of wounded and dying soldiers. Historian Rob Cross is the most thorough tour guide whose story-telling paints a picture as close to a reenactment as you can get. In addition to this visualization of the battleground, he elicits compassion and admiration for the selfless way the McGavock family faced the sheer horror of their lives being turned upside down. Get there a bit early and spend some time relaxing on the porch before the tour and then return to the same spot, soak up all the history you just learned and take in the view with a completely different perspective.