On the evening of November 30, 1864, Carnton was taken over by Loring's Division of the Confederate Army of Tennessee and used a field hospital. That night the house and grounds were filled with wounded and dying Confederate soldiers during the horrific Battle of Franklin. Surgeons worked all night to save the wounded.
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"During our family reunion in Franklin, TN we toured Carnton and The Carter House. Sheila did an amazing job as our tour guide at Carter House...made us feel as if we were part of the Battle of Franklin. When she told us about all the children in the house that night I just wanted to grab them and get them out of there!! It was so real....I have been on many tours over the years but never one as intense as this one. Sheila knew the story so well and presented it as if she had lived it! Thank you Sheila for a great experience!!" - TripAdvisor reviewer TRacyP
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"A tour of Carnton really brings history to life. Trey, the tour guide, did a wonderful job of highlighting the architecture and furnishings of the house and the changes they went through, telling about several generations of the family who occupied the house, and describing the Battle of Franklin and the subsequent conversion of Carnton to a field hospital. He was passionate about the subject and clearly moved by the stories of individual people he shared with the group. The house is huge and an interesting piece of U.S. history, and the outbuildings, grounds, and cemetery add even more depth to the tour. This is a sight that should be visited by anyone who visits Franklin. Knowing our national history, the bad as well as the good, is vital. I’m grateful to the organization that continues to preserve this bit if history for all to see." - @TripAdvisor reviewer lars0nnh
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Andrew Johnson was born in North Carolina, but spent most of his adult life as a Tennessean. He served in almost every elected office possible, including town alderman, mayor, colonel in the state militia, state representative and senator, governor, and member the United State Senate and House of Representatives. Johnson, a democrat, was the only southern Senator to remain loyal to the Union following the secession crisis of 1860-61, leading Abraham Lincoln to select Johnson as his running mate in the 1864 presidential election. Following Lincoln's assassination, Johnson would become one of the most controversial presidents in United States' history.
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Moscow Carter was a veteran of the Mexican-American War and the Civil War. After being captured in the Battle of Mill Springs and spending months as a prisoner of war, Moscow was exchanged or paroled and allowed to spend the remainder of the war at home in Franklin. The night of the Battle of Franklin, Moscow ensured that his family was safe in the cellar of the Carter House. After the war, Moscow acted as the first Battle of Franklin tour guide, showing visitors, including many veterans, around his farm. This late 19th century photo shows the front door of the Carter house, with Moscow in the center leaning on the fence.
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In the early morning hours of November 30, 1864, around 25,000 US soldiers, in a line stretching miles, arrived in the village of Franklin, TN via the Columbia Turnpike. General Jacob D. Cox, commander of the 23rd Corps, seized the Carter House as his headquarters. That night the Carter family, along with their neighbors, the Lotz family, and at least six enslaved individuals, sheltered in the cellar of the Carter House as the Battle of Franklin raged all around them. This photo, ca. 1880, shows the view looking south down the Columbia Turnpike.
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Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 28! Resurrection - A Journey Tribute is playing at Carnton in our Sunset Concert Series! Link in bio. #concert #franklintn #summer #carnton
Moscow Carter was the second son of Fountain and Polly Carter, but spent most of his life as the oldest child in a large family. He fought in both the Mexican-American War and Civil War, and was one of the Carter family members in the cellar during the Battle of Franklin.
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Carnton Sidewalk Sale is going on now!! Stop by today by 3:00pm. All prices are negotiable.
"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure." - Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863
A year and a half later, the war was over. The Union was saved and nearly four million enslaved individuals were freed, but the nation was in tatters. Villages like Franklin were left to deal with the destruction brought on by war. Hundreds of thousands of men and boys had their lives cut short. But, according to Lincoln, these losses were not in vain. Through these losses, we as a nation devoted ourselves to the belief that, "this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." This Independence Day, take a moment to reflect on these words.