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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

More Nashville Stories - Again!

Now it's on to the Confederate side of the family. This one is the most interesting, so I won't post all of the others that I found in (former)family fields, and unknown corners of Dickson County, TN. But I can tell you that this day of my genealogy sleuthing was very rewarding. And if you want skip the genealogy trip, and just see some quilts, scroll to the bottom of this posting, where I will reward YOU with two that I've made since I've been home!

This is Carnton Plantation in Williamson, TN, near Murfreesboro. It turns out I have Confederate ancestors buried here that I hadn't been able to locate before I read the book, Widow of the South. "Historic Carnton Plantation is a private non-profit historic site located in Franklin, Tennessee. Late on the afternoon of November 30, 1864, Carnton was witness to one of the bloodiest battles of the entire Civil War. Carnton, the home of John and Carrie McGavock, served as the main Confederate field hospital for hundreds of wounded and dying soldiers. In 1866, the McGavocks designated two acres of their land as a final burial place for nearly 1,500 Confederate soldiers killed in the Battle of Franklin. Today the site has 48 of the original 1,400 acres and includes the restored antebellum home, a recreated one-acre 1847 garden, slave quarters, smokehouse, springhouse and the adjacent Confederate and family cemetery." The cemetery isn't far from the house.

Over time, the headstones have fallen into disrepair, and they've been replaced with square concrete markers. You need to know what section the soldier is buried in, then you can locate it in the McGavock book. Unfortunately, only one of my soldier's graves is marked with a concrete block with his initials, but the others are with the sections marked with their regimental State.

MAJ. Amzli T. Meek, 2nd Regiment, ARK, age 25, died in the Battle of Franklin, TN

And this is Moses Harvey Meek, born 25 July 1839, died 27 Sept 1929 (along with some of the rest of the family) in a small field along a road by a major highway near Burns, TN.

As a Kansas Art Quilter, I am invited to make quilts for Fabriquilt to show their new lines at the Houston Market in November. When I got home, the fabric was waiting for me - and you must use what they give you, and can't add anything else. It's to show their new lines, so that makes sense. BUT it sure makes it hard when you are a scrap quilter like me!

Here's Classic Blues. Does the pattern surprise you? LOL!

And here is Bloomsbury Square(s). I used a template I had purchased at the Nashville show to make it. It surprised me how much I liked the color of the fabrics once I put them together.


Carol E. said...

I love both quilts! That curvy box is something new... I like it, but still prefer the circles.

Judy said...

Very, very cool!! Love the journey into your roots!

Anonymous said...

Fascinating "roots" trip you took. Being at the cemetery must have been quite an experience. On the tall grave markers, what is the symbol or insignia at the top? Looks sorta like a Mason's logo???

Circles and wavy block quilts are just so neat. I'll watch for them at Houston in the Fabri-Quilt booth.

Anonymous said...

I just finished the book "Widow of the South" the past week end. Wonderful story.

: )

Karen said...

How interesting, love the history. Murfreesboro is such a pretty, and old town. Love both of your "fabric line" quilts. Doing that for a company would be such an interesting challenge. It'd be hard not to add more fabrics though.

B.C. said...

The "Bloomsbury Square" quilt is lovely. I would love to make it in pink for my little girl. Your photos are so beautifully clear that I was able to read "flip flop block" template, and locate it online. Thank you for sharing. Oct. 2007