Franklin in Williamson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
The Carter Farm
Death of Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne
Just before sundown on November 30, 1864, 3,000 Confederate soldiers charged past here and smashed into the main Federal line fewer than 200 feet ahead of you. They belonged to Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne’s Division, the most battle-hardened unit of the Army of Tennessee. Beginning in 1862 with the Battle of Shiloh, Cleburne’s Division fought in most major battles in the Western Theater, including Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and Atlanta.
Cleburne’s brigade commanders—Gens. Hiram G. Granbury, Mark P. Lowrey, and Daniel C. Govan—were disciplined combat leaders. At Franklin they initially led their men toward Union Col. Joseph Conrad’s brigade, which was part of an advanced Federal position. Conrad’s men resisted but then fell back toward the main line with Cleburne’s Division in rapid pursuit. Cleburne saw that the moment as the best opportunity to break the main line and he quickly advanced on horseback with his men. His horse was shot beneath him, and as he mounted another it was also killed. He then advanced on foot, his sword held aloft as he encouraged his men to push ahead in the face of withering Union
After the battle, Cleburne was buried south of Columbia, Tennessee, at St. John’s Episcopal Church. In 1869, his body was reinterred at his pre-war residence, Helena, Arkansas.
Erected by Historic Franklin Parks.
Location. 35° 54.914′ N, 86° 52.368′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Tennessee, in Williamson County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Cleburne Street and Fristoe Lane, on the right when traveling east. Located in the Assault on the Cotton Gin Historic Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1259 Columbia Avenue, Franklin TN 37064, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Carter Farm (a few steps from this marker); Carter Gin House (within shouting distance of this marker); Carter's Cotton Gin (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); The Cotton Gin Assault (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); a different marker also named The Carter Farm The Carter Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Carter Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Carter Farm (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
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