Battle of Franklin, Eastern Flank

Battle of Franklin, Eastern Flank (HM1YB8)

Location: Franklin, TN 37064 Williamson County
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N 35° 54.301', W 86° 51.531'

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Today's Carnton presents a quiet pastoral setting, but before the Civil War, John and Carrie McGavock's farm would have looked more like a bustling agricultural factory.

Their plantation encompassed 700 acres, more than three times the amount of open land you see here. Around you were scores of grazing cattle, hops, and sheep. Behind you, there stood a steam-powered sawmill and gristmill, processing the hardwood timber and grains that grew here in abundance. To your front, in the 1850s work was being completed on the mansion's two-story back porch, which demonstrated the family's growing size and wealth.

Although some nearby farms raised cotton and tobacco, this plantation produced and grew mostly wheat, corn, and fruit. In addition, much of the McGavock's "property," and most of their work force, consisted of 39 slaves. Most of the time, the majority of the people seen at Carnton were slaves.

In 1860, the value of McGavock's property at Carnton alone exceeded $350,000, when the average free family in Middle Tennessee owned less than $9,000 in property. By today's standards, the McGavocks would have been multimillionaires.
HM NumberHM1YB8
Series This marker is part of the Tennessee: Tennessee Civil War Trails series
Placed ByTennessee Civil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 512736 N 3973422
Decimal Degrees35.90501667, -86.85885000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 54.301', W 86° 51.531'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 54' 18.06" N, 86° 51' 31.86" W
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Area Code(s)615
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin TN 37064, US
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