Seventy-five years ago, on June 6, 1944, Allied Forces invaded Normandy in an effort to overthrow the Nazi occupation of France. This effort, commonly known as D-Day, was the largest amphibious assault in world history and was a critical step toward Allied victory in Europe.
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Just over 110 years ago, on April 29, 1909, what the National Weather Service refers to as the "deadliest tornado outbreak ever in Middle Tennessee, and one of the worst tornado outbreaks in the history of the United States," struck Carnton. When the main house was constructed in 1826, it was attached to a smaller home that was built in 1815. The 1815 home was severely damaged in the tornado, and eventually torn down. One newspaper stated, "Four houses are blown down in Franklin. The old McGavock home is wrecked." This is the only known photo in which the original house can be seen, through the trees to the right of the big house. Learn more about the post-war history of Carnton in today's episode of TENN in 20: Official Podcast of the Battle of Franklin Trust! Episodes are available on all major podcast apps, and from our website, link in description. #historypodcast #history #franklintn #tennessee #podcast
For many years after the Civil War, Carnton was thought of as little more than an old house out by the Confederate Cemetery. Some even say that the home had become essentially a storage facility for farm equipment. But in the late 1970's, a group of dedicated individuals stepped in and saved the house, charting a course for the historic site as we know it today. Learn more about the post-war history of Carnton in today's episode of TENN in 20: Official Podcast of the Battle of Franklin Trust! Episodes are available on all major podcast apps, and from our website, link in bio. #franklintn #carnton #civilwar #history #historypodcast
This is a colorized photo of the 1914 reunion of the Blue and the Gray. Fifty years after the Battle of Franklin, US and Confederate veterans met on the Franklin battlefield and had their photo taken standing in front of the battle damage on the Carter smoke house. The Civil War had forever impacted their lives, yet they were willing to confront what they went through and continue telling their stories. We believe it is important to share the significance of the Battle of Franklin, and of the Civil War in general. Help us continue this effort by contributing to the Carter House visitor center museum as part of the #BigPayback! The Big Payback ends at midnight tonight, so make your donation at the link in our bio!
If you have visited Carter House recently, you have likely seen the interior of the Carter farm office. This building provides one of the most striking visuals of what the Battle of Franklin was really like for those who lived through it. This building needed major restorations, and those restorations only took place because people like you stepped up and took responsibility during the #BigPayback two years ago. THANK YOU! Today, we ask you to help us continue the story by contributing to our next big project; designing a state-of-the-art museum in the new Carter House visitor center. The Big Payback is TODAY ONLY, so head to the link in the bio. #history #franklintn #civilwar #historicpreservation
As many of you are aware, we are designing a new visitor center for the Carter House. This building will not only be a state-of-the-art facility with the capacity to accommodate our ever-increasing number of visitors, but it will also contain a museum space designed to interpret one hundred years of American history, from the founding through the Civil War and Reconstruction. This area will show visitors the real significance of our war in general, and the Battle of Franklin in particular. We are pleased to share with you the blueprints of what the exterior of this building will look like. As part of the #BigPayback, we ask you to contribute to the museum that will exist inside this building. Head to the link in our bio! #history #historicpreservation #franklintn #carterhouse
The Carter farm office is one of the most battle-damaged buildings still standing from the American Civil War. Those who visit Carter House can attest to the fact that the building tells a story of the horrors of war. This building is preserved today thanks to contributions from folks just like you! Today, as part of the #BigPayback, we ask you to help us continue the story by contributing to our next big project; designing a state-of-the-art museum in the new Carter House visitor center. The Big Payback is TODAY ONLY, so head to the link in our bio. #carterhouse #tennessee #history #civilwar #historicpreservation
One of our guests stopped by today to show off her completed reproduction of Polly Carter’s sampler! She purchased the sampler kit in the Carter House gift shop. The kit includes the pattern, fabric, and required threads to complete the sampler. Purchase one for yourself here: store.boft.org
Following the Battle of Franklin, the dead were buried in shallow graves on the battlefield, primarily in fields owned by the Carter Family. In 1866, the Confederate dead were exhumed and reburied in land that John McGavock donated. George Cuppet, the man who lead the reburial team, recorded all 1,481 Confederate soldiers they found, over 900 of which were identified. Cuppet then presented this book to Carrie and John McGavock, in which he had recorded all the information he could find for each soldier.
Learn more about the creation of the McGavock Confederate Cemetery in the most recent episode of TENN in 20: Official Podcast of the Battle of Franklin Trust. Episodes are available on all major podcast apps, and from our website here, link in bio. #history #civilwar #franklintn #podcast #historypodcast #tennessee #carnton
Marcellus Cuppet was one of four men who worked tirelessly in the Spring/Summer of 1866 to rebury Confederate dead from the Battle of Franklin. Marcellus got deathly ill in the midst of the project, likely because of the unsanitary work he engaged in, and died on April 26, at 25 years old. He is the only civilian buried in the McGavock Confederate Cemetery. Learn more about the cemetery in the newest episode of TENN in 20: Official Podcast of the Battle of Franklin Trust. Episodes are available on all major podcast apps, and from our website here: boft.org/podcast #podcast #history #tennessee #franklintn #civilwar