Lotz House – Summer 2016

This was the summer of the Civil War.  We visited quite a few Civil War sites.  The Lotz House (here’s the official museum link and  here’s the Wikipedia link) is in Franklin, Tennessee about 20 miles south of Nashville.  It was one of the homes at the front line of the Battle of Franklin (here’s a Wikipedia link).

This location had special meaning for us – John’s 3x great-uncle fought in this battle for the Union forces (Indiana Calvary), was captured, and taken to Andersonville (Fort Sumter), GA.  Andersonville will be a separate post.  We have an original letter written by Nathan to his mother, John’s 3x great-grandmother.

Our tour guide told the amazing story of this family as we passed from room to room about Johann Lotz, his wife, and his children, most notably his daughter Matilda Lotz.


We can’t imagine what this family went through during this battle.  To take refuge in a neighbor’s cellar for about 20 hours, not knowing what is happening outside, yet hearing it all.  The sounds of soldiers fighting and dying must have been horrendous.  No wonder Matilda made peaceful animal scenes.

Battle of Franklin.  Location of Lotz House in relation to battle – basically at the front!  taken from Wikipedia

The woodwork by Johann in this house is amazing!  He was truly a master woodworker!  His artistic ability is evident throughout the house.  Upon entry, the staircase handrail catches your eye.  It’s BEAUTIFUL!!   Pictures were not allowed to be taken while we were in the house but many can be found on the museum web site and elsewhere on the internet.

If you decide to take this tour, you have to also do the Carter House across the street to finish the story.

The videos below were published by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and are a good representation of the house and information presented during the tour.  I found these on Youtube.com

These videos may look alike here but they are definitely parts 1 and 2.

Part 1 – Lotz House


Part 2 – Lotz House


2 thoughts on “Lotz House – Summer 2016

  1. […] Nathan enlisted in the Union Military during the Civil War.  He was part of the Indiana 9th Cavalry (Company E, 121st Regiment).  He was mustered in on December 19, 1963 and mustered out on August 28, 1865.   His unit made their way to Pulaski, TN.  On September 25, 1864, a portion of the regiment was in the Battle at Sulphur Branch Trestle.  They then made their way to Nashville, being engaged in Battle of Franklin where Nathan was captured as a prisoner of war on December 1, 1864.  [We are assuming he must have been injured in the battle since most of the Union troops left to go towards Nashville, leaving the wounded and the battleground to the Confederate forces].  See our posts about the battlefield here (Carter House) and here (Lotz House). […]


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