Franklin’s Civil War Tour

Explore the historic sites of the Battle of Franklin

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A Unique Civil War Tour in Nashville!

Learn about the Civil War from the viewpoint of its victims during this Battle of Franklin tour. Explore the historic sites of the Battle of Franklin, known as the five bloodiest hours of the Civil War.

This quaint town of Franklin, Tennessee harkens back to a time before the harrowing fight between the Union and Confederate armies.

When you hear the fascinating stories of heroism at the Carnton, Carter House and Lotz House, you come to appreciate the efforts of everyone who lived here in 1864, both elites and immigrants.


Learn how the Battle of Franklin unfolded and how the McGavock family watched as their home became the largest field hospital in the area.  After the war, the McGavocks were instrumental in the creation of the Confederate Cemetery where nearly 1,500 soldiers who were killed in the battle are buried.

Carter House

See where the Battle of Franklin reached its crisis point.  The Carter family found their home taken as headquarters for the U. S. Army on November 30, 1864.  Heavy fighting erupted around the house as the Confederate attack was shattered by Federal troops.  The Carters, along with the Lotz family, sheltered in the cellar of the house as the battle raged around them.

Carter House and Carnton were vividly remembered by survivors of the battle and were visited by formers soldiers for many years after the war.  The families remained residents at both places until nearly 1900.  Today they are managed by The Battle of Franklin Trust.

Lotz House

When the Lotz family awakened on the morning of November 30, 1864, in effect the Federal Line had been established in their front yard. Mr. Lotz, fearing that his family – his wife Margaretha, sons Paul and Augustus and daughter Matilda – would not survive the battle in their “wooden house,” they sought refuge 110 steps across the street in the brick basement of the Carter House.

When the battle ended, ten thousand Americans had been killed, wounded or missing. The Lotz House served as a hospital for the wounded soldiers on both sides until the following summer.

Admissions to Carnton, Carter House and Lotz House are included.