Carnton Plantation

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© Susan Littlefield

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Since so many of my friends have already posted such amazing photos of the JPG meet-up in Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee, I thought I would post photos of the place that touched my heart, the Carnton Plantation.

The main house was erected in 1826 by Randal McGavock, and then inherited by his son, John. John and his wife Carrie were living at Carnton when on November 30, 1864, some 19,000 soldiers in the Army of Tennessee passed by the home headed toward the entrenched Federal Army and the ensuing Battle of Franklin. The home was selected as a division field hospital, where hundreds of wounded and dying Confederate soldiers were brought for surgeries and medical care.

In the aftermath of the Battle of Franklin that killed 1,481 men, the bodies of 5 Confederate Generals were laid out on the back porch of the home as the men of the Army of Tennessee filed past and paid their last respects. The floors of the home are, to this day, stained with the blood of the men treated there.

The photo on the top left is of the one remaining Slave House; at one time there were 11 such dwellings over the 640 acre plantation.

The center top photo has Don Garrett and Linda Houghton taking a break on one of the several benches located in the cemetery itself.

The top right photo looks out toward the field where one of the worst disasters of the war for the Confederate States Army took place.

The center right photo shows part of the cemetery with the small gravestones.

The lower right photo is one of the state markers. The cemetery has a marker for each state from which Confederate soldiers were killed; this is the marker dedicated to the 129 soldiers from the State of Alabama.

When I walked into the cemetery itself, I was moved to tears as I saw the hundreds of gravestones and felt the immense loss of life of so many young people.

It will take me a while to catch up with all of my friends on JPG. I haven't forgotten you....I've been away for a couple of weeks, but will work on getting caught up little by little ♥

Thank you so much for the Spotlight, Linda!!

21 responses

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (22 Apr 2011):

    I saw you moved to tears and you moved me to tears. A wonderful collage of this beautiful but sad place.

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (22 Apr 2011):

    You have done a beautiful job captureing this !

  • Pete Jeffers

    Pete Jeffers (Deleted) gave props (22 Apr 2011):

    Susan, this is a wonderful collage of a piece of history!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (22 Apr 2011):

    Well, just reading this moves me to tears, this is a fabulous capture which has a sad history, thank you so much for sharing Susan !

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (22 Apr 2011):

    You got some wonderful pictures of this historic place and I love your narrative also..Great job, Susan.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (22 Apr 2011):

    Wonderful collage, Susan, and very interesting history. I linked Hoyt Axton's "Yellow Rose of Texas" for one primary reason: At the very end, there is a reference to what Hood did in Tennessee, namely, "throwing away" his Army of Tennessee, which ended effective Confederate resistance in the West.

    Franklin was an absolute slaughterhouse. But, very few people know about Franklin because the "War in the West" is not taught in the schools. Franklin was every bit as ghastly as Antietam (the "bloodiest day of the war") and much more so than almost any other major battle in the East. I urge anyone with any interest in the American Civil War to Google the Battle of Franklin.

    (BTW, the "yellow rose" of Texas was a "quadroon" (1/4 black) or more likely an "octaroon" (1/8 black) slave woman with whom a Confederate soldier had fallen in love. Believe me, this was a forbidden love back in those days. This fact is largely covered up (or forgotten) today, with most people thinking the song is about a flower. It wasn't! The soldier's desperation and hopelessness is all too obvious as he throws his life away . . . at Franklin.) Now, click on the link above to enjoy what was a very sad ballad.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (22 Apr 2011):

    Very in depth history that many of us do not know, Richard including myself...
    I find history more interesting now than when I was in High School..I think pictures and narratives written together draw more attention to the details
    and facts that we often times overlook ...I appreciate both you and Susan
    educating us...Thank you...

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (22 Apr 2011):

    You captured the sense of the past history of this amazing place, as well as the feeling of sadness at the loss of so many lives to an infamous time in our national history. Thanks for the great collage and the heartfelt narrative.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (22 Apr 2011):

    Well done, Susan!! Great shots and poignant sentiments.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia said (22 Apr 2011):

    Fantastic shot... Love to collage shots.... Super history lesson....Tge Cemetery was one of my favorite sights.. It always moves me to see how many men died for thier cause..

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (22 Apr 2011):

    Beautifully presented Susan, great narrative!

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (23 Apr 2011):

    The images in this collage are awesome.. and the history recalled so very poignant to read about. Beautifully done, Susan!! .. History is fascinating!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (23 Apr 2011):

    Great work Susan, the collage and the writing..

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (23 Apr 2011):

    Wow Susan! I love this so much! You made a photo essay of this. You have studied the history that I love so very much. Your photos are beautiful!

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (23 Apr 2011):

    WOW!! Sis, I am so glad that you share this part of the trip.....It makes me sad that I was not able to join you all on this leg of the trip.......I'm very sorry that I missed it!! Beautiful shots, and an awesome history lesson, I had no idea!!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (23 Apr 2011):

    wonderful collection Susan. Thanks to you and Richard for the rich history.

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (25 Apr 2011):

    Susan, thank you for this poignant piece of history. It sounds like an incredible trip!

  • Mary Brown

    Mary Brown gave props (26 Apr 2011):

    Susan, thank you SO much for the great collage and narrative. Thank you also, Dick. It was very, very moving walking through the cemetery!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (30 Apr 2011):

    A wonderful collage and narrative, Susan. Exceptionally well done...

  • Juanita Vivas

    Juanita Vivas (Deleted) gave props (14 May 2011):

    A wonderful collage and so well-documented !!

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