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McGavock Confederate Cemetery

1345 Carnton Lane, Franklin, TN
615-794-0903
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Ranked #7 of 22 attractions in Franklin
Type: Cemeteries
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Deltona, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Grounds are well kept. If you go, at the entrance away from the house they have a book listing the names of most of the fallen soldiers. Very organized.

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Salem, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

If you take the Carnton Tour, you must visit the cemetery. It was quiet the day we were there and we spent an hour just walking the rows, looking at the stones and contemplating the tragedy of that fateful day in November.

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Canada
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31 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

This cemetery is part of Carnton Plantation. I was surprised that this is listed separately. However, this is definitely a must see if you go to the Plantation. It is always interesting to learn how people step up to difficult situations and the history of the McGavocks and this cemetary is surprisingly heart warming.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

I know very little about Civil War history compared to most folks who are interested in history. I have just never been a war buff. We had about an hour or so before touring a home (we are moving to Franklin) so my husband wanted to see this site really quickly. We didn't have a whole lot of time to... More

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Fort Wayne
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44 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Had trouble at first even finding this place as signage was not extremely good. Was disappointed that the grass was not kept up and green and the site being cleaned up and presented a little more professionally. However, it was what it was and a stop should be made to visit it.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Carrie McGavock, now more well known at The Widow of the South, kept up the largest privately owned Confederate Cemetery. If you take the tour of her home Carnton Plantation, you can see her book where her husband John recorded all the graves buried on their property. Carrie tended the graves and at her death left the job to her... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

After visiting the house and having taken the tour I visited the Cemetery. It was very impressive, having learned about what had happened here and then seeing all these graves.

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Kiln, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

After visiting plantation homes in Mississippi and Louisiana and the major battle fields from Tennessee to Pennsylvania, this site has the most interesting story. Make sure to see the house that has original pieces first to learn about the advent of the cemetery (the cemetery was started 2 years after the battle).

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Vicksburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Walk thru this cemetery and see the history unfold in front of your eyes with so many civil war regiments lost on November 30th, 1864 and the Mc Gavock's before the Civil War came to town. Well maintained and peaceful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

The cemetery is privately maintained. If you have read Widow of the South by Robert Hicks, this is the cemetery mentioned in the book. It is definitely worth a visit if touring Carnton!

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