Photo Credit: Bruce Wolf, courtesy of

Photo Credit: Bruce Wolf, courtesy of

Carnton Plantation was built in 1826 by former Nashville Mayor Randal McGavock. His son John inherited the property after his father's death, and lived at the plantation with his wife Carrie Winder and their children. On November 30, 1864, the plantation became the landscape of the Battle of Franklin, the bloodiest five hours of the Civil War, and in the months following served as the largest field hospital in the area for the wounded Confederate soldiers. In 1866, two acres of the plantation were dedicated to a cemetery for the nearly 1,500 Confederate soldiers that died during the Battle of Franklin.

150 years after the bloody battle, the legacy of Carnton Plantation lives on, and Battlefield Bourbon has been created to honor the important history of the Battle of Franklin. As bourbon aficionados know, the distillery process includes the addition of water to the matured bourbon as it is withdrawn from the barrel. The water used for the creation of Battlefield Bourbon is fresh spring water from the grounds of Carnton Plantation. The bourbon is incredibly small batch, limited to only 1,864 bottles. 

a note from Battlefield Bourbon creator Robert Hicks:

Two of my greatest passions have come together in this bottle. Something important happened on the hallowed ground of Civil War battlefields that should never be forgotten. Whether it was "home" or "country," "honor" or "union," that drove them forward, they fought and suffered, even unto death, for their cause.

All we are or ever can be as a nation and a people is forever linked to their sacrifice - whether The American Century, The Greatest Generation or simply living out those lofty words of the Founding Fathers - all of it is inseparably joined to the American Civil War and the hallowed ground where they fought.