Since we are in October, chances are you're probably going to see a lot of stories from me about haunted places around town you can visit. One particular one that I haven't been to yet is the Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee!
The plantation gets thousands of visitors every year and there are several stories told about the house, but one, in particular, has a very very dark side!
Right in the heart of the Civil War, the Battle of Franklin was known in history as one of the most devasting battles for the South. The place where it was all witnessed was, you guessed it the Carnton Plantation.
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Carnton, home to the McGavock family. Not exactly a plantation, as they grew more than one crop, but rather a large farm. The family kept 40 slaves. The home became a Confederate field hospital during the Battle of Franklin. 9,500 soldiers died in the battle. The fighting was primarily hand-to-hand combat on a moonless night, making the injuries particularly gruesome. The home still shows signs of the terrible carnage. Large blood stains can be seen on the floor in every room of the house. The dining room table and every door were used as operating tables. One doctor there performed amputations for more than 7 continuous hours. Every textile in the home including clothing, drapes, and undergarments were cut into bandages. Carrie McGavock and her two children, aged 7 and 9, assisted the surgeons, “Every room was filled, every bed had two poor, bleeding fellows, every spare space, niche, and corner under the stairs, in the hall, everywhere. And when the noble old house could hold no more, the yard was appropriated until the wounded and dead filled that.” #oldhouse #oldhouselove
According to some stories, the Carnton children have been known to haunt the house. Two of the five survived childhood, but some believe it's not the spirit of the kids they are seeing. They are believing it's the spirits of the soldiers that died there on the plantation property.
You see, 1,700 Confederate soldiers are buried on the plantation property. This is the largest Confederate graveyard here in the south. The actual mansion that you can tour today served as a hospital for the soldiers so you can imagine tons of blood was on the floor of that mansion. Also, it's noted that four generals died there because of their devastating wounds.
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I'm a lover of history...an "If walls could talk..." kind of guy to say the least. My parents currently live in Franklin, Tennessee (about 45 minutes south of Nashville,) and what makes it fascinating, is knowing the property on which my parents currently live, used to be the battlegrounds of the bloodiest, most gruesome battle ever to take place during the Civil War (The Battle of Franklin). Suffice it to say, every time I get the chance to come home, we make it a point to go visit all sorts of historic, Civil War affiliated venues, since most are literally just a "stones-throw" away! Today we visited the battlegrounds of the Carnton Plantation (which was used as a hospital for Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.. and yes, there are still blood-stains on the wood-floors from all of the amputations) and located about 100 yards from the plantation, is the largest privately owned Confederate cemetery in the US. One thing's for certain...that's a lot of young men who lost their lives, not to mention in ONE DAY during ONE BATTLE! A lot of these "young men" were children...literally...who had no clue what they were even fighting for, but regardless, had no alternatives. It kind of puts everything in perspective. All of the wars and battles that were fought to make the United States what it is today...all of the people who died in these wars and what all the families, children, slaves, HUMAN BEINGS had to endure just to make the privileges we have today even possible. So the next time you support a player from a professional sports team who thinks it's acceptable to kneel during the National Anthem, or the next time you laugh-off a friend of yours who doesn't see the need to register to vote...remember all of the wars that took place, all of the young men who went off to battle and never came back, and all of the sacrifices our forefathers had to make for us to have the freedom to be able to even post something like this. The American Flag, and more importantly, the Unites States of America...will forever represent so much more than just a cause...but rather 250 years of sacrifices from people who never got to hear the words THANK YOU!
There are also a few other ghost stories of a ghost in the kitchen, a young girl who was killed before the war. Now the facts about the story behind the girl aren't very clear, but according to the story the girl had rejected a guy and the guy got jealous and murdered her. People have said that the girl can be seen at time sweeping the floor.
According to people, the times when you really see these ghosts are in the Fall.