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Franklin in Williamson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

McGavock Confederate Cemetery

Labor of Devotion

 
 
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By Don Morfe, July 25, 2013
1. McGavock Confederate Cemetery Marker
Inscription. 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 McGavocks.

This is the largest private military cemetery in the United States in terms of the number of burials. John and Carrie McGavock 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
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By Lee Hattabaugh, September 13, 2014
2. McGavock Confederate Cemetery Marker
Veterans authorized the Franklin Chapter 14, United Daughters of the Confederacy, to serve as the trustees beginning in 1926.

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Battlefield graves - Courtesy Library of Congress
John McGavock Courtesy Carnton Plantation
Carrie McGavock Courtesy Carnton Plandation
McGovock Confederate Cemetery, 1867 - Courtesy Carnton Plantation
 
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans, and the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 35° 54.28′ N, 86° 51.707′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Tennessee, in Williamson County. Marker is on Carnton Lane 0.3 miles south of Brandon Drive, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1345 Carnton Lane, Franklin TN 37064, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Cemetery (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named McGavock Confederate Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); Tennessee Association, (within shouting distance of this marker); Carnton Plantation (within
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By Lee Hattabaugh, September 13, 2014
3. McGavock Confederate Cemetery Marker
shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named McGavock Confederate Cemetery (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Long Road to Recovery (about 600 feet away); A Dream Postponed (about 600 feet away); Confederate Reunions at McGavock's Grove (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
 
Also see . . .  Carnton Plantation & Battlefield. Battle of Franklin Trust. (Submitted on October 6, 2013.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
McGavock Confederate Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, September 13, 2014
4. McGavock Confederate Cemetery Marker
McGavock Confederate Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, September 13, 2014
5. McGavock Confederate Cemetery Marker
This marker, along with markers 62914 & 69042, can be seen in this photo.
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By Don Morfe, July 25, 2013
6. McGavock Confederate Cemetery Marker
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By Don Morfe, July 25, 2013
7. McGavock Confederate Cemetery Marker
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By Pat Filippone, August 7, 2012
8. McGavock Confederate Cemetery Marker
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By Pat Filippone, August 7, 2012
9. McGavock Confederate Cemetery Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 423 times since then and 45 times this year. Last updated on May 12, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1. submitted on October 5, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   2, 3, 4. submitted on September 15, 2014, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.   5. submitted on September 14, 2014, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.   6, 7. submitted on October 5, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   8, 9. submitted on June 6, 2015, by Pat Filippone of Stockton, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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