WILLIAMSON COUNTY


The Carnton Plantation
County Seat: Franklin

The Battle of Franklin was one of the last battles of the Civil War to occur in Tennessee. The story of one house tells you something about just how awful it was.

On November 30, 1864, a Confederate army under General John Bell Hood charged into a Union Army under General John Schofield just outside of Franklin. The Confederates are said to have made as many as 18 separate charges, but were repulsed each time.


These stones at the cemetery next to the Carnton Mansion mark the graves of Confederates killed in the Battle of Franklin.
In about six hours, 7,000 Confederates and 2,500 Union troops were killed and wounded. Most of them were left to die on the field, but some were hauled to the Carnton Plantation, a small field hospital where dead bodies were literally stacked on top of one another. At one point, the lifeless bodies of no less than four Confederate generals lay on the back porch of Carnton.

For more on the Battle of Franklin, click here to check out our virtual tours of the Carnton Plantation and Carter House.

PHOTO: Williamson County Archives
Today, Williamson County is one of the wealthiest counties in the United States, in part because so many country music stars live there. However, the county has economic origins that are just as humble as any other part of Tennessee.

This wonderful photograph shows from the late 1800s shows men working in the logging industry near the present-day site of College Grove, in Williamson County.



Here's a photo of the Williamson County Courthouse in Franklin.