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!


Tod Carter died December 2nd, 1864; in his own home

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.

Battle of Franklin illumination ceremony returns to Carter House this year, volunteers needed

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.

Illumination display at the Carter House (2008).

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.

To volunteer, please contact city Preservation Planner Amanda Hall at 615-550-6737 orAmanda.Hall@FranklinTN.gov.