Caring for the wounded and dying after the battle

Franklin, Tennessee, probably only had a population between 2,000 residents in 1864. That includes children. The Battle of Franklin resulted in up to 10,000 casualties: killed, wounded, missing, etc.  Franklin residents banded together on the morning of December 1st, 1864, and opened their homes, churches and businesses to tend to the incredible suffering and carnage. One of those homes was that of John and Carrie McGavock.

Historian Eric Jacobson recounts that challenge in this video.

Also: see this video of Dr. Chris Lossom talk about the carnage after the battle too.

2 thoughts on “Caring for the wounded and dying after the battle

  1. Darrin Dickey

    Carnton is an interesting tour. It’s bizarre to say, but there’s little like the giant bloodstains on the upstairs floor by the window to really engage visitors and make them realize that there were real people fighting, suffering, triumphing and dying here.

  2. Connie Chappell Miller

    Indeed, it is beyond interesting. Our family visited the house early in it’s restoration when it was just an empty shell and I visited it later when it was fully refurbish and furnished. I am entralled with old houses as a tangible contact with history, but Carnton was beautiful and mysterious. I feel truly attached to it.

    BTW, are you a Dickey as in Dickey/Chappell family genealogy?


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