Carter House Historic Site

Bullet-Riddled Building Near Carter House

This building has the distinction of being the Civil War's most heavily battle-damaged frame building still standing. The Battle of Franklin was fought around the Carter House which lies behind the photographer. Carter House, not pictured, contains many original furnishings. The site is a Registered National Historic Landmark.

Battle of Franklin was one of the turning-point battles of the Civil War. 2,326 Federals and 6,252 Confederates including 15 Confederate Generals became casualties on these grounds.

Civil War Bullet Holes in Wall

Above is a close-up of Civil War bullet holes.

A touching story was told by the interpreter: Captain Tod Carter, youngest son of the Carter family who was born on this farm joined the Confederacy. By chance, he, as a Captain, ended up in the battle which ensued on these grounds. He was seriously wounded in action. His family, whom had been huddling in the cellar, were told that Tod was wounded and lying on the battlefield. His family found him and pulled him from among the dead and dying and carried Todd into his home where he died.

Restored Structures and Cannon Near Carter House

Several nicely preserved buildings and cannon sit near Carter House The cannon is a reproduction. Whoever made the carriage is a fine wheelwright.

Civil War Bullet Damage to Brick Building

The brick building above is near Carter House and shows many musket-ball holes.

Carter House is located 18 miles South of Nashville and near the town of Franklin.