McGavock Confederate Cemetery

McGavock Confederate Cemetery (HM1B2X)

Location: Franklin, TN 37064 Williamson County
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N 35° 54.283', W 86° 51.7'

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Labor of Devotion

In the spring of 1866, the bodies of Confederate soldiers killed at the Battle of Franklin were exhumed from their temporary graves and reburied here, on this two-acre plot adjacent to Carnton, home of John and Carrie McGavock. Over about ten weeks, veteran George W. Cuppett led four men who reinterred the remains of 1,481 Southern soldiers. In addition, the body of Cuppett's younger brother, Marcellus Cuppett, who died during the period, was also buried here, the only civilian. A small journal containing the names of all the dead was given to the McGovocks.

This is the largest private military cemetery in the United States in terms of the number of burials. John and Carrie McGovock maintained the cemetery for the rest of their lives, largely by themselves. Already well known in their efforts in tending the Confederated wounded at Carnton immediately after the Battle of Franklin, Carrie McGavock became even more famous for attention to the cemetery. In 1890, John L. McEwen Bivouac No. 4, United Confederate Veterans, appointed a committee to maintain the cemetery and raise funds to replace the wooden headboards with the stone markers now in use. In 1911 Mrs. Winder McGavock and the new owner of Carnton, Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Shelton deeded the cemetery to the trustees of the chartered McGavock Confederate Cemetery. The United Confederate Veterans authorized the Franklin Chapter 14 of the Daughters of the Confederacy, to serve as the trustees in the beginning.

Battlefield graves - Courtesy Library of Congress
John McGavock Courtesy Carnton Plantation
Carrie McGavock Courtesy Carnton Plandation
McGovock Confederate Cemetery, 1867 - Courtesy Carnaton Plantation
HM NumberHM1B2X
Series This marker is part of the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans series, and the Tennessee: Tennessee Civil War Trails series.
Placed ByTennessee Civil War Trails
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Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 3:12am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 512482 N 3973389
Decimal Degrees35.90471667, -86.86166667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 54.283', W 86° 51.7'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 54' 16.98" N, 86° 51' 42.00" W
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Area Code(s)615
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin TN 37064, US
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