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Visitor finds Confederate belt buckle in Carter House garden

A visitor from Ohio recently found a Confederate belt buckle in The Carter House garden, according to Eric A. Jacobson, chief operating officer of the Battle of Franklin Trust.

The visitor was enjoying the enhancements made to the area when he noticed something partially covered with loose dirt. Upon inspection, he immediately realized it was a buckle, and almost certainly Confederate.

“I soon contacted a trust artifact specialist who confirmed it was a civilian style buckle often used by Confederate troops and that such items are regularly found in long abandoned camps,” Jacobson said, adding that it was almost certainly a Battle of Franklin relic given its location.

“While the visitor was excited by his find, he wanted to make sure it was placed in proper hands,” Jacobson said. “He has been a longtime member of the Battle of Franklin Trust and knew that the buckle needed to remain in Franklin, where it rightfully belongs. It is truly amazing to think that whomever the buckle belonged to, and he was likely a Tennessean, that he almost certainly been involved in many battles and at Franklin he made it all the way to the main Federal line.  His fate can only be speculated upon, but he may well have paid the ultimate price.”

The Carter House, now a magnet for historians, Civil War buffs and historic tourists, figured prominently in the Battle of Franklin.

Posted on: 4/24/2013


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