This area is known today for the Battle of Franklin, which took place Nov 30, 1864. Confederate General John Bell Hood launched a massive assault on the Federal troops, commanded by General John Schofield. The combat went on for five hours and left ~ 10,000 dead, wounded or missing. The above plantation, inhabited by John and Carrie McGavock and their children at that time, was turned into a devision field hospital after the battle. It sheltered up to 300 Confederate soldiers who were brought to the house for surgeries and medical care.
About 48 km east of Franklin is the city of Murfreesboro, site of the battle of Stones River. Union troops under General Rosecrans claimed victory in this battle, which cost the life of more than 23,000 soldiers.
After reading and hearing about all these depressing facts on the Civil War, I needed to stick my head out into the sun again. The countryside of eastern Tennessee is very beautiful. I came by lots of large mansions surrounded by acres and acres of land. (If I had such a property, I would grow a whole lot of veggies!!)
People driving past me probably wonder what the heck is so fascinating about such an ordinary farm in the middle of nowhere. :-)
More to come.