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The Battle of Franklin was the last great battle of the American Civil War.  Fate and circumstance placed the small town of Franklin in the path of two great armies in late November 1864.  On November 30, 1864, the Battle of Franklin raged across the fields south of town, scarring the landscape, claiming the lives of thousands and changing life on the Carnton and Carter farms forever.

Before daybreak Federal Brig. Gen. Jacob D. Cox woke the Carter family, took possession of the house and made the parlor his headquarters. The fighting began at 4 pm in the waning afternoon sunlight when 20,000 Confederates attacked a similar number of entrenched Federals. The Carter family, the Lotz family from across the street, and several Carter slaves took refuge in the north room of the basement as the battle raged around their home.

Fountain Branch Carter’s son Tod was serving as an aide to Confederate Brig. Gen. Thomas Benton Smith during the Battle of Franklin and was mortally wounded in the fight.  He was shot down leading a desperate charge just southwest of his childhood home. Tod was brought to the house where he died two days later.

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View of the Carter House backyard from the garden
Carter House from their garden
The US main line ran east and west just south of the Carter House
The main US line ran through the Carter Farm and yard
The Carter House

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1140 Columbia Ave.
Franklin, TN 37064


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A variety of guided tours offered based upon interest level and topic. Tour times range from 60 & 90 minutes, & even a 1/2 day Spring Hill to Franklin Battlefield Tour.

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Monday- Saturday: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. CST
Sunday: 11 a.m.- 5 p.m CST

Last tour of the day begins at 4:00 p.m.
Dates Closed
Only closed on New Years Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day

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