Franklin’s Civil War Tour

Explore the historic sites of the Battle of Franklin

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A Unique Civil War Tour in Franklin!

The Battle of Franklin included the bloodiest hours of the Civil War.

You will spend time in the quaint town of Franklin to shop, eat, and view historic sites on your own. You will begin to understand how the residents of Franklin, the Civil War town of 750 people, emerged from their homes on the morning of December 1, 1864 to find over 9,500 casualties.

Carnton

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.