Gift of fatal bullet given to museum
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.
| December 3, 2010; 6:51 PM ET
Categories: Battlefields, Exhibits, News | Tags: Battle of Franklin, Carter House museum
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