8) McGavock Confederate Cemetery – Franklin
With the recent controversy over the Confederate Flag, it’s easy to let modern political issues overshadow the staggering human cost of the American Civil War. It’s easy to look back on history and see how very wrong people could be, but at the same time we should also see that they were human beings with the same flaws and weakness as ourselves. As enlightened as we believe we are, future generations will no doubt look back on us and ask, “How could they have been so wrong?”McGavock Confederate Cemetery is the final resting place to 1500 confederate soldiers, with each known soldier being laid to rest in order of state. Colonel John and Carrie McGavock built McGavock Confederate Cemetery in 1866. They wanted to create a more permanent and respectful final resting place; the original burial ground lacked what they thought was appropriate for soldiers. The cemetery has been the beneficiary of several restoration and volunteer efforts over the years to keep it from fading into history. It has a quiet somber beauty, and is a place where one can reflect on one of the most tragic chapters of American history.