Carter House and Carnton Plantation

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1345 Eastern Flank Cir., Franklin, TN 37064 1345 Eastern Flank Cir., Franklin Directions
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If you purchase the package, Groupon does not save you money. I am grateful that I found these sites on Groupon. The tour guides were excellent and my family and I really enjoyed learning about how the local community was impacted by the battle. One of our tour guides was a relative of someone in the battle, which added a passionate and personal touch. I highly recommend taking the time to visit these Civil War sites.
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I visited The Carnton Plantation, The Carter House, and The Lotz House and all 3 guides were great. Great day trip for anyone that loves civil war history.
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The tour guides were amazing and the homes were well renovated to the correct era.
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Very impressive. All the history you will hear. If you can't stand for long periods, make sure you ask for a foldable chair to sit on because some pieces are very lengthy
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The tour guides are excellent and passionate about their jobs. They really take you back in time. We loved the tour and highly recommend it.
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Great guides and so interesting. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed.
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The people are very knowledge on the house and the people who lived in them
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A must see Amazing historical places and part of our history
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Takes all day to take in everything if you're doing all three Start early
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This is a great tour. I did this and Carnton and really enjoyed both. I skipped Lotz, as it sounded like it was more of a tour of the house than having to do with the battle. Carnton was also mostly a tour of the house, but battle info was also shared. All in all, a great deal!
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On the evening of November 30, 1864, the town of Franklin, Tennessee, bore witness to more than five hours of carnage as Confederate forces under the command of General John Bell Hood assaulted an entrenched corps of Federal troops led by General John M. Schofield. The heaviest fighting entailed a frontal attack on the Federal lines—incorporating about 20,000 soldiers on each side, or more soldiers than Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg. General Hood hoped this attack would dislodge the Federal forces and that he would be able to eventually recapture Nashville.

Over the course of the next five hours, this charge resulted in a staggering number of casualties and General Schofield steadily withdrew his forces toward Nashville, leaving behind a battle-scarred town as well as a battered Confederate force. Today, the Battle of Franklin Trust allows visitors to learn more about this key battle by visiting and taking guided tours of several sites that played integral roles in the events that took place on and around November 30, 1864.

The Carter House served as the command post for General Jacob D. Cox, a Federal officer tasked with overseeing the construction of defensive positions as the Confederate forces advanced. These defenses were constructed within 300 feet of the home, and guests have the opportunity to explore the grounds as well as the home, including the basement where the Carter family and roughly two dozen civilians sought shelter from the battle being fought outside their doors.

One of those civilians was Albert Lotz, whose own home still stands 110 steps away from the Carter residence. The Lotz House bears its own battle scars, too, including a charred indentation in the wood flooring that was caused by an errant cannonball.

Located one mile away from the two houses, the McGavock family's Carnton Plantation also welcomes guests, providing them with tours of the site that served as the area's largest field hospital after the fighting ceased. The plantation features two acres of land that the McGavocks offered as the final burial site for approximately 1,500 Confederate soldiers who died at the Battle of Franklin, making it the largest privately owned military cemetery in the nation.

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