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Posted at 6:51 PM ET, 12/ 3/2010

Gift of fatal bullet given to museum

By Linda Wheeler

During the Battle of Franklin, Tenn, CSA Captain Theodrick “Tod” Carter saw his family home just up the road and is reported to have called to his men, “Follow me boys, I’m almost home.” Before he got there, nine bullets cut him down, the fatal one lodging in his forehead.

The battle on Nov. 30, 1864 took many lives on both sides of the war but Carter was a local boy and the story of his being shot, found and carried home where he died two days later was repeated often in Franklin. On the anniversary of his death this week, the bullet that killed him was given to the Carter House museum that is located in his former home.

The bullet had been kept by the family and handed down through the generations. The last one to have it was Carter’s great-great-nephew, Carter Conway. He kept it locked away for the past 50 years but recently talked with other family members and they decided the bullet belonged at the museum, along with Carter’s spurs, his diary and 200 pages of letters.

The bullet is now on display at the Carter House. Kevin Walters of The Tennessean has written a detailed story about the gift presented on Thursday.

By Linda Wheeler  | December 3, 2010; 6:51 PM ET
Categories:  Battlefields, Exhibits, News  | Tags:  Battle of Franklin, Carter House museum  
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No doubt he Battle of Franklin was the "high water mark" of the Army of Tennessee and in general the "last hurrah" of the Confederacy. Tragically 20,000 battle hardened Confederate soldiers attacked across nearly two miles of open space with out the benefit of any artillery support against a well entrenched and heavily fortified Union position snaking around the Carter House. The Confederates were annihilated, some say even murdered. Clearly Confederate commanding general, John Bell Hood learned nothing from the unnecessary slaughter at Gettysburg and wrecklessly decided to tempt fate yet again - bad call General.

Posted by: dmarshall9055 | December 4, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

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