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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 â¥
Thank you so much for the Spotlight, Linda!!
Also by Susan Littlefield
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