I recently read Widow of the South by Robert Hicks. It is historical fiction set during the Civil War and revolves around the Battle of Franklin and the makeshift hospital for Confederate soldiers at Carnton Plantation.
While the house is original, the guide was quick to point out that whatever interior description was presented in the book was fabricated because no information on that subject exists.
but it does not likely reflect the original decor.
In any case, the rooms that are open are quite charming. Keep in mind the plantation was used as a hospital, so whatever stains were on the floor were identified as blood stains which added to the drama of the visit.
In addition to the main building is a lovely garden and a few still standing outbuildings.
I was not surprised to see a loom there as most of the household linens of the time were woven by slaves. I have such appreciation for the skill it took to create on such primitive equipment. My loom is light years removed from this.
As a hospital, Carnton was used to treat thousands of Confederate soldiers who were wounded in the carnage that was the Battle of Franklin where nearly 11,000 men from both sides were killed. Some 1400 of the soldiers treated at Carnton died there and were buried in trenches close to the house. About a year and a half after the battle, Carrie and John McGavock had the bodies exhumed, placed in individual pine boxes and interred on a site close to the McGavock family cemetery.
Carnton Plantation is just part of the surprising amount of history in and around Franklin, and it is beautifully chronicled with historical markers at every turn. This makes the area a very interesting one to visit, and I can’t wait to go back.
i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind