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McGavock Confederate Cemetery

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Address: 1345 Carnton Lane, Franklin, TN
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+1 615-794-0903

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Amazing Civil War history

We toured Carter house, Plantation and cemetary. Learned a lot about battle, how it affected Franklin. Truly amazing history.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Las Vegas, Nevada

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We toured Carter house, Plantation and cemetary. Learned a lot about battle, how it affected Franklin. Truly amazing history.

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Joice, IA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The family at the Carnton Plantation ended up burying confederate soldier bodies that were shallowly buried in their fields that needed to be planted. The family was the Cemetary care taker for years besides keeping records.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

In a word, "Fabulous"! If you are a Civil War buff or just someone who appreciates history, don't miss this stop. It is completely FREE! Unbelievable! Franklin, Tn., goes above & beyond to preserve the land where major Civil War Battles took place. It's easy access to the grounds & the cemetery. There are many plaques detailing the Battle of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

What a hidden gem this is to see. 1496 Confederates buried here next to her family Cementary. Cary McGavock her Husband John and whoever they could find took TWO years to find these men, carefully moved them to this Cementary...She spent most all of her time taking care of this sacred place and is a must visit. Can be hard... More 

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Los Gatos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Might want to read the fictional "Widow of the South" before experiencing this historic cemetery. Descriptions of the battle and how these men died will not be something you will soon forget.

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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Thankfully this cemetery exists. So many souls laid to rest there and much effort went into identifying their remains. The McGavock family has done right by those souls. Not fancy. Respectful. Honorable.

Thank Shari W
Saint Charles, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

The whole story of this special place involves both the plantation and cemetery. The Battle of Franklin forever changed the lives of the McGavock family. Read "The Widow of the South" for background information.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Interesting compliment to the Carnton Plantation tour and the history of the Civil War Battle of Franklin.

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Gladewater, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

This is the largest privately owned military cemetary in America. The McGavock family donated the land to bury Confederate dead after the battle of Franklin. Then they took upon themselves the task of identifying and reinterring hundreds of dead soldiers in this cemetary. The bodies are arranged by state with markers for those they could identify. A walk through the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

The cemetery (not grave yard- those are attached to church yards) is worth the walk from the house to stroll through and think about. It is off to the side of the home and not a very long walk. We like to visit a family cemetery if there is one on the grounds of a plantation. This one also has... More 

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