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Epic Struggle in the Carter Garden

 
 
Epic Struggle in the Carter Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 16, 2019
1. Epic Struggle in the Carter Garden Marker
Inscription.  Prior to the Civil War, this area was part of a roughly two acre tract used by the Carter family as a garden. Potatoes, okra, raspberries, apples, and peaches were just a few of the crops grown here. On November 30, 1864, the garden was destroyed when Federal troops dug a portion of their main defensive line through it and as vicious fighting raged across it. The 72nd Illinois Infantry was posted directly ahead in the main line and those troops, along with the rest of Brig. Gen. Thomas H. Ruger’s Division were assaulted by elements of Maj. Gen. John. C. Brown’s Confederate Division. This portion of the main line collapsed under the weight of the attack and fell back to a reserve line, which was manned by the 44th Missouri Infantry. From sunset to well into the night the combat was desperate and often hand-to-hand until the Confederates finally withdrew.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.
 
Location. 35° 55.001′ N, 86° 52.466′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Tennessee, in Williamson County. Marker can be reached from
Epic Struggle in the Carter Garden marker site image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 16, 2019
2. Epic Struggle in the Carter Garden marker site
The main Federal defensive line, shown by the light-colored swath, went throught the family garden.
Columbia Avenue (Business U.S. 31) north of Strahl Street, on the left when traveling north. Located on the grounds of the Carter House State Historic Site. Parking can be reached from W Fowlkes St. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1104 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. 44th Missouri Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Captain Theodrick (Tod) Carter (within shouting distance of this marker); Bate's Division (within shouting distance of this marker); Brown's Division (within shouting distance of this marker); Cleburne’s Division (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Carter House (about 300 feet away); Epicenter of the Battle of Franklin (was about 300 feet away but has been reported permanently removed. ); a different marker also named Carter House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Franklin Trust. Carter House & Canton (Submitted on September 2, 2019.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The attacker's view of the Carter House site. image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 16, 2019
3. The attacker's view of the Carter House site.
The garden area is to the extreme left.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 2, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 2, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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