I advised not to leave the house unless it should become certain that a battle was imminent

“Early in the day Mr. F.B. Carter had asked me, with some anxiety,whether he had better remove his family from the house and abandonit. Without knowing how large the family in fact was, I advised not to leave the house unless it should become certain that a battle was imminent; for whilst my headquarters tents were in his door-yard, there was no danger of annoyance from the men of my command. If the house were abandoned, it would be impossible to answer for the safety of its contents. But if there were to be a battle, the very focus of it would certainly be there, and it would no place for women and chidren. I thought it most probable at that time that Hood would not attack in front. The very thoroughness of our preparation to meet an assault was a reason why he should not make it. It seemed wise for the family to remain as they were till they saw that a battle was about to open, and then to hasten to the village.”

– U.S. Brig.-Gen. Jacob Cox

Citation source: Eyewitnesses at the Battle of Franklin, Logsdon, p. 3.

Current look of Fountain Branch Carter’s Civil War era home,
looking east toward Columbia Pike, Franklin, Tennessee.

“Located in historic Franklin, the Carter House was built in 1828 and completed in 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter. The Carter property included a farm of 288 acres, where Carter, a gentleman farmer, raised cotton, corn, wheat, and rye. He owned twenty-eight slaves who lived in the seven slave cabins on the property. In 1860, at the beginning of the Civil War, Carter’s worth was sixty-two thousand dollars.

The house is constructed of bricks, glass, and squarehead nails, which were all made on the farm. The wood in the house is mostly tulip poplar, said to deter termites. The house contains many decorative elements, including ashlar treating, graining, marbling, and wall paper. The house represents the home of a wealthy planter of the mid-1800s. The kitchen, smokehouse, slave cabins, and farm office still stand.”

Citation source: The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture (online)

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