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Sleep, the Sleep of the Brave: The McGavock Confederate Cemetery

Featuring Civil War Historian Thomas Y. Cartwright 

With original music by country music great Michael Holloway


2Lotz House Executive Director J.T. Thompson recently announced the release of a new DVD titled “Sleep, the Sleep of the Brave: The McGavock Confederate Cemetery.” The DVD features renowned Civil War historian Thomas Y. Cartwright, accompanied by country music’s Michael Holloway performing original music.

The Lotz House Foundation has teamed up with Cartwright for the release, which is part of a series they have produced for the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War.  Previous releases include “Sam Watkins’ Co. Aytch,” also with Holloway (a two-disk CD); “The Valley of Death, a Franklin Battlefield Guide” (DVD); “The Dance of Death, a Nashville Battlefield Guide” (DVD); and a two-disk Franklin Driving Tour CD. This release is the fifth in the series. 

In the hour-long DVD, Cartwright stops at every state location in the cemetery including the unknown section and tells the tales of the soldiers buried there. Thompson said, “It’s poignant, it’s sad. It has humorous moments that make you stop to think about the brave sacrifice of so many soldiers.”

The production of this DVD was officially sanctioned and authorized by the McGavock Confederate Cemetery Corporation that actually owns and manages the cemetery, which is a stone’s throw from Carnton Plantation.  The video was shot and edited by Emmy award-winning production company KVC Productions. Original music was written and performed by Michael Holloway.

McGavock Confederate Cemetery Corporation Chairman Nancy Bassett said, “We are all indebted to J.T. Thompson and Thomas Cartwright for their hard work and dedication to this project. The fact that a portion of the proceeds of the sales from the video will be donated toward the on-going restoration and maintenance of the cemetery is much appreciated.”

She added, “Lacking the necessary funds, we have only recently completed the cleaning of half of the graves. This effort will help us in reaching our fundraising goals and completing this stage of our ongoing effort to honor our Confederate dead by properly maintaining their final resting place.”

J.T. Thompson said all the proceeds from the sale go to the McGavock Confederate Cemetery Corporation and the Lotz House Foundation.

Thomas Y. Cartwright is known as one of the leading authorities on the Civil War and the Battle of Franklin. He frequently appears on various documentaries for the History Channel, A&E, Travel Channel, CNN, Discovery, and Preservation Channel. For many years, he has lectured throughout most of the United States for Civil War Round Tables, corporations, preservation groups and heritage organizations. In addition, Cartwright authored several published articles and essays. He is currently authoring two books and he conducts battlefield walking tours of the Battle of Franklin from the Lotz House.

"Sleep, the Sleep of the Brave: The McGavock Confederate Cemetery” is for sale for $24.99 at the Lotz House, Landmark Booksellers or online at

The Lotz House, which has been on the National Historic Register since 1976, is located in the heart of downtown historic Franklin, Tennessee at “epicenter” of the Battle of Franklin which was a pivotal battle in the Civil War, Nov. 30, 1864. 

The house is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m. or by appointment.  Admission charged. The Lotz House is at 1111 Columbia Avenue. 

For information, or to make a reservation for a Battlefield Walking Tour by Thomas Y. Cartwright, call 615-790-7190 or visit

Posted on: 12/3/2012


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