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The Carter House - Franklin, Tennessee

I wanted to finish up my Tennessee postings with some photos from the Carter House, a farm that ended up in the line of fire during the Civil War and that now serves as a museum. The Battle of Franklin took place in November 1864 and was one of the bloodiest of the war. It was one of the few night battles of the war and one of the smallest battlefields. Almost two thousand men died. The Carter House was under attack but the family survived by barricading themselves in the basement; however, one son, had been part of the confederate army and died two days after the battle from his injuries. The bullet holes are still clearly visible in the main house, the office, the kitchen house, and the storage house.

I think the guided tour was very good, it was balanced and focused as much on the family’s life as on the events of the war. For instance, it was interesting to learn that they dug a basement and put the kitchen there so that they could take advantage of the cooler temperatures below. Most houses in the area did not have basements, but this spot offered a layer of soft topsoil that made it easier to dig one. Also, the family built a separate kitchen house to prevent fires - most housefires at the time originated in the kitchen, and often engulfed entire houses.

The main house:

The kitchen house:

The office:

Bullet holes on the office wall:

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