Burial of the soldiers right after the Battle of Franklin?

Most of the Confederate (and Union dead) were buried “near and along the length of the Federal breastworks, which spanned the Southern edge of what was then Franklin,” according to Jacobson; The McGavock Confederate Cemetery, p. 21. Union dead were placed by twos in shallow grave in long rows by their comrades without marking the identities. Many of the Union dead were later removed either by family or loved ones or by the military and relocated in graves at home or buried at the Stones River National Cemetery in Murfreesboro, TN. The Union soldiers interred at Stone’s River were placed there by the 11th United States Color Troops, according to Jacobson: McGavock, p. 22.

However, the identities of the Confederate dead at Franklin, some 1,750, were mostly identified by burial teams the next day (December 1st). They were not buried in mass graves. Rather, soldier burial teams took great care to collect and identify their fallen comrades placing makeshift wooden markers at the head of the graves, identifying the men by name, rank, Regiment and the Company they served in.

Most of the Confederate dead found initial rest on the property of Fountain Branch Carter and James McNutt. Carter had the largest section of land with killed. He also lost his own son, Todd Carter, in the Battle of Franklin. The Carter-McNutt land would be but a temporary rest until the bodies were transferred to their permanent home some eighteen months later, in June 1866.

Source: excerpted from the Wikipedia article (authored by Tellinghistory, the owner of this blog site)

This image is a stereoview of citizens burying their dead after the battle of Fredericksburg

One thought on “Burial of the soldiers right after the Battle of Franklin?

  1. The battle of Franklin was without a doubt the bloodiest and most tragic battle of the civil war that most people haven’t heard of! Virtually everybody has heard of Gettysburg, Bull Run, Chickamauga, etc. but mention Franklin and most of the time you will get a puzzled look followed by something like “hadn’t heard of that one”! That’s a shame too! Maybe the reason for that is because unlike many of the other battlefields, there has not been as much in the way of preservation. The local inhabitants pretty much tried to put the battle and the war behind them as best they could and in the process allowed business and devlopment do the job for them. This is understandable however! It was a very traumatic experience and most people do not like to look back @ bad things. More needs to be done to preserve this battle for future generations. Franklin must never be forgotten!

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