Battle of Franklin Trust Announces Annual Civil War Blue & Gray Days

Join Abe Lincoln along with other living history re-enactors for Blue & Gray Days November 19 – 21. This very successful and well-attended event is usually held at Carnton Plantation but has now extended to include The Carter House as a way to respond to the wide spread demand by tourists and historians who travel from across the country to remember the soldiers who fought on this land for their country.  
Guests will have the rare opportunity to go back in time to the 1860’s and witness Civil War re-enactors skirmish and artisans demonstrate 1860’s life. Highlights throughout the weekend include special guest Tamla Boone, educating visitors on the art of soap making and Dr. Naima Johnston discussing slave spirituals. Artillery demonstrations, period appropriate vendors and a tintype photo tent will cover the grounds as well. Guided house tours make this a must for Civil War buffs.

Carnton Plantation & The Carter House History:
Although the November 30, 1864 Battle of Franklin was one of the smallest battlefield of the war, it is described by historians as the five bloodiest hours of the Civil War because of the sum 10,000 Union and Confederate casualties that occurred in such a small amount of time. The main battle began around 4:00 pm and wound down around 9:00 pm.

Carnton’s role in the Civil War battle came when the home served as the largest field hospital in the area of hundreds of wounded and dying Confederate soldiers.  It is adjacent to the McGavock Confederate Cemetery which is the backdrop to the New York Times bestseller, The Widow of The South, by Robert Hicks. 

During the five hours of fighting, the Carter Family took refuge in their basement.  Twenty-three men, women and children (many under the age of twelve) were safely protected while the horrible cries of war rang out above them.  The head of the family, Fountain Branch Carter, a 67-year old widower, had seen three of his sons fight for the Confederacy.  One son, was serving as an aid for General T.B. Smith on the battlefield.

Blue & Gray Days will be reserved for school field trips Friday, November 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All school field trips that day are 30 minutes long and require reservations and prices are based on grade level. Guided house tours continue and will be open to the general public Saturday, November 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 21st from 11 noon-4:00 p.m.

Ground Pass only is $5 at Carnton Plantation and $5 at The Carter House and will allow guests to enjoy the artisans and re-enactors. Tour tickets which include a guided house tour and grounds admission are $12 for Adults, $10 for seniors over 65. Children ages 6-12 are $6. Children under 6 are free.  All proceeds fund historic preservation activities for the Battle of Franklin Trust.

The Battle of Franklin Trust is a 501 (c) (3) management corporation acting on behalf of Franklin’s battlefield sites to contribute to a greater understanding and enrich the visitor experience of the November 30, 1864 battle.  It’s organized for the charitable and educational purposes of preserving, restoring, maintaining and interpreting the properties, artifacts and documents related to the battle so as to preserve an important part of the nation’s history.  Learn more at or call 615-786-1864.  The e-mail address is

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