Like the Lotz House across the street, the Carter House was literally caught in the cross-fire during the Battle of Franklin in 1864. When fighting broke out, the Carters took in the Lotz family, and they hid in the basement until the battle was over.
Tod Carter, the tenth of twelve Carter children, walked away from a successful law practice in 1861 when the first shots were fired at Fort Sumter starting the Civil War. Carter rose to the rank of Captain and was captured by the Union in 1864. The Franklin native managed to escape from a train a few months later to rejoin the Confederacy. In late November, Tod began the journey home to visit his family after three years away fighting the Union. Unfortunately, his timing was awful and as he reached the gardens Tod’s family motioned for him to go back as the Union had taken the property as a Federal Command post and had dug in as they prepared for battle against the Confederates who were moving on Union forces in Franklin.
When the fighting was over, and the Union moved on to Nashville, Tod was found 500 feet away. He had been shot nine times, once in the head. Captain Carter was rushed to the Carter House to be treated for his wounds. The doctors worked for hours removing the bullets from his body, but his death was inevitable. Tod hung on but died the next morning in the same home he was born and raised. He was 24 years old.
Visitors to the Carter House have reported seeing the ghost of a young man in the building. Employees have told stories of hearing men shouting. Some have also mentioned feeling like someone was watching them and being pushed or touched when they were all alone.
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