Team Martinez Visits Carnton Plantation & McGavock Confederate Cemetery, Franklin, Tennessee (2016


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Carnton Plantation is located in Franklin, Tennessee. The sprawling farm and its buildings played an important role during and immediately after the Battle of Franklin during the American Civil War.


Portrait of the Battle of Franklin

John McGavock was 46 when the Civil War began and was too old to enlist, but he helped outfit and organize groups of Southern soldiers. Carrie contributed to the war effort by sewing uniforms for relatives and friends. As the war got closer to home, John McGavock sent most of his slaves to Louisiana so they wouldn’t be taken by Federal authorities. When Federal troops took control of Middle Tennessee, and learned of the McGavocks’ efforts to aid the South, they took thousands of dollars of grain, horses, cattle and timber from the plantation.

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On November 30, 1864, Carnton became the largest temporary field hospital for tending the wounded and dying after the Battle of Franklin. The home was situated less than one mile from the location of the activity that took place on the far Union Eastern flank. More than 1,750 Confederates lost their lives at Franklin, and on Carnton’s back porch four Confederate generals’ bodies—Patrick Cleburne, John Adams, Otho F. Strahl,  and Hiram B. Granbury—were laid out for a few hours after the battle.

The McGavocks tended for as many as 300 soldiers inside Carnton alone, though at least 150 died the first night. Hundreds more were spread throughout the rest of the property, including in the slave cabins. Carrie McGavock donated food, clothing and supplies to care for the wounded and dying, and witnesses say her dress was blood soaked at the bottom. Carrie’s two children, Hattie (then nine) and son Winder (then seven) witnessed the carnage as well, providing some basic assistance to the surgeons.

After the battle, on December 1, Union forces under Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield evacuated toward Nashville, leaving all the dead, including several hundred Union soldiers, and the wounded who were unable to walk as well. The residents of Franklin were then faced with the task of burying over 2,500 soldiers, most of those being Confederates.

Photographs of slave quarters below:


To the northwest of the house on a 2-acre section of the plantation is the McGavock Confederate Cemetery, the largest privately owned military cemetery in the United States. Donated by the McGavock family as a permanent burial ground for the soldiers killed in the Battle of Franklin, the cemetery is organized by state resulting in thirteen sections separated by a 14-foot pathway. The cemetery is maintained by The Franklin Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Photographs of McGavock Confederate Cemetery below:



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Team Martinez visits the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, Tennessee (2016)

  What began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 is today a live entertainment phenomenon. Dedicated to honoring country music’s rich history and dynamic present, the Grand Ole Opry showcases a mix of country legends and the contemporary chart-toppers who have followed in their footsteps. The Opry, an American icon and Nashville, Tennessee’s number-one attraction, is world-famous for creating one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences for audiences of all ages.



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It’s been called the “home of American music” and “country’s most famous stage.” Every year, hundreds of thousands of people make pilgrimages across town or around the world to the Grand Ole Opry to see the show live.  – Grand Ole



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Team Martinez visits the Travellers Rest Plantation, Nashville, Tennessee (2016)

Travellers Rest Plantation


In 1799, the two story structure with four rooms was built by Judge John Overton (1766–1833). Overton was an advisor and close friend of Andrew Jackson, judge at the Superior Court of Tennessee and co-founder of Memphis, Tennessee. Overton originally named the property Golgotha after the large number of prehistoric skulls that were unearthed while digging the cellar of the house.  Archaeologists now know that these remains were part of a large Mississippian village site. Overton changed the name of the plantation to Travellers Rest in the early 19th century to reflect the recreational effect his home had on him after the long rides on horseback that he had to undertake as a circuit judge.  Overton died at Travellers Rest on April 12, 1833.

 Judge John Overton

An addition was made to the house in 1812 to accommodate members of Overton’s family. A long ell was added soon after 1820 when Overton married a widow with five children.

At the beginning of the Civil War, Overton’s widow occupied the home until her death in 1862. After her death, her son John and his wife Harriet and their children continued to occupy the home. The plantation’s farm, which covered 1,050 acres and was worked by 80 slaves.


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Team Martinez visits Rock Island State Park & Caney Fork River, Tennessee (2016)



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Team Martinez visits Enchanted Rock, Texas (2017)



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Team Martinez visits the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library & Ranch, Austin & Stonewall, TX (2017)

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Team Martinez visits Washington, D.C. (2017) National History Day Finals


1st place Fox Tech History Day Performance represents the State of Texas at the

          National History Day Competition held at the University of Maryland.


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Acclaimed director Ken Burns addresses the National History Day delegates at the        opening ceremonies at the University of Maryland campus.


Lincoln Memorial


Vietnam War Memorial


Korean War Memorial

 Martin Luther King Memorial 

      Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial

 National Archives


President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie grave sites at Arlington National Cemetary

      Smithsonian Air and Space Museum


Washington Nationals v. Atlanta Braves

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