36th Illinois soldier is killed on Carter House lawn, story comes full-circle more than 150 years later

One of our Facebook members – Kendyl Wallis – recently shared this story with us:

“The Colonel of my G-G grandfathers regiment, Colonel Porter Olson, 36th Illinois, was killed on the Carter House lawn. A shutter was torn from the house to use as a litter to carry him to the rear. About 10 years ago I was at Carnton, and I met a descendant of Fountain Branch Carter. We had a pleasant visit, and I pulled out my wallet and offered to reimburse her family for the shutter. We had a good laugh about that!”Lieutenant-Colonel Porter C. Olson, 36th Illinois Infantry

 

The 36th Illinois was in Odycke’s Brigade and in reserve about 500 yards north of the Carter House. These Opdycke troops were called into action to stem the Confederate breech around the Carter House when some CSA units broke through the main and interior Federal lines during the battle.

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The Carter House | Franklin, Tennessee

 

 

December 6 & 7, 2013 – 41st Annual Carter House Candlelight Tour

The Candlelight Tour illuminates the rich heritage of Franklin by opening homes in historic downtown for two evenings.

Sites are decorated for the Christmas holiday, combining the beauty of some of Franklin’s most beautiful homes with the warmth of the season. Guests are greeted with visions and stories of the past as they progress through the tour.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here!

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