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Tod Carter March 24, 1840 – December 2, 1864
Tod Carter was returning home to his native Tennessee and native Williamson County with the Army of Tennessee in the fall of 1864, with his fellow soldiers in the 20th Tennessee Infantry (C.S.A.).
He was mortally wounded at the Battle of Franklin (30 November 1864) on the very land his father owned. He was carried from the field and died on December 2, 1864 in his own home.
Image credit above: The Williamson County Historical Society
Tod Carter’s grave site at Resthaven Cemetery in Franklin.
The annual Battle of Franklin illumination event returns to the setting of the Carter House grounds just south of downtown Franklin on Friday, November 30th. Volunteers are needed to help with the commemoration.
The following info is based on what was reported in The Tennessean.
Preliminary setup: 10 a.m. Nov. 29
Volunteers are needed to help paint a grid on the ground outlining where the luminarias will be placed. Volunteers will use chalk to place small dots on the field adjacent to the Carter House. The dots create a pattern for laying out the luminarias in a more aesthetically pleasing ceremony. This process should take around 2 hours.
Luminary setup: Nov. 30, 1 p.m. start, candlelighting starts at 3 p.m.
This stage involves creating the luminarias — the small paper bags that hold the candles used to mark the ceremony. Some volunteers will work at tables placing wooden candle-holders into the luminary bags. Other volunteers are needed to take the bags onto the grid and place the bags on the dots. The candles will be lighted from 3 to 3:30 p.m. The ceremony starts at 4:45 p.m.
Luminary cleanup: 5:45 p.m. Nov. 30
After the ceremony concludes around 5:30 p.m., volunteers are needed to extinguish the candles and then pick up and disassemble the luminarias. The candles and blocks will be saved and stored for reuse. Depending on the number of cleanup volunteers, this process may take between 60 and 90 minutes.
If you’ve driven by the Carter House on Columbia Pike lately you will notice the new fence. The image below is a post-War picture of a Carter fence. This one is NOT original to the 1864 look.
The new (2012) Carter House fence is similar to the look and style of the one the Carter’s had in 1864.
Battle of Franklin Trust historian and author Eric Jacobson will sign copies of his long-awaited book on the Battle of Franklin titled Baptism of Fire: The 44th Missouri, 175th Ohio, and 183rd Ohio at the Battle of Franklin, this Saturday at the Carter House from 11-1.
His previous book For Cause & For Country precedes this new volume.
The book can be ordered via PayPal here.
Eric Jacobson has been a student of the American Civil War since the mid-1980s. He has authored two prior books, For Cause & For Country and The McGavock Confederate Cemetery, and has a deep and heartfelt interest in elevating the stories about Spring Hill and Franklin to their appropriate place in history. For many years he has assisted a variety of organizations, from Franklin’s Charge to the Civil War Trust, in their efforts to preserve and reclaim critical portions of both battlefields, which are so crucial to a greater understanding of the men and boys who fought there in 1864. Eric is the Chief Operating Officer and Historian for the Battle of Franklin Trust and works in the historic Franklin community, and nearly every day he walks the hallowed ground on which so many Federal and Confederate soldiers so valiantly struggled. His interpretive and preservation efforts at Carnton Plantation and The Carter House, in particular, have been extensive. He lives in Spring Hill with his wife, Nancy, and their two daughters.