|Within view of the Carnton plantation house, a Confederate field hospital during the |
Battle of Franklin, a marker for 104 dead. (CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE.)
Early on a warm spring morning, a lone visitor walks among the Confederate dead of Franklin, inspecting graves for tokens of remembrance. As at Antietam two weeks earlier, he does not have to look for long. Two pennies lay atop a small, square gray-granite memorial in the clover at McGavock Confederate Cemetery A pile of stones rests on a marker for unknowns, killed in the awful battle here in Tennessee on Nov. 30, 1864. A single, white rose is discovered on the ground near another marker in the cemetery where nearly 1,500 Confederate dead rest. "The brave die never," American author Minot Judson Savage once wrote, "though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men."
|For someone, this soldier is unforgettable.|
|Among the clover and wildflowers, a memorial stone and two pennies.|
|"Fell in Franklin," read words on 22-year-old Missouri soldier Alfred Nuckol's marker.|
|Four pennies on a stone denoting Texas dead.|
|A visitor, the only one in the cemetery, inspects the South Carolina marker.|
|Grave for 25-year-old John B. Womack, 16th Tennessee, "killed in a charge on the works" at Franklin.|
|Next to a marker for Louisiana dead, a chipped stone for South Carolina fallen topped with a penny.|
|On a marker for unknowns, a small pile of stones.|
|A white rose at the foot of a marker for Confederate unknowns.|
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-- Womack Genealogy, The Official Publication of the Womack Family Association, Vol.IV, No. 1, June 1960. (Accessed online May 4, 2018.)