Thomas Y. Cartwright is known as one of the leading authorities on the Civil War and the Battle of Franklin. He recently joined in partnership with the Lotz House, a Civil War house museum, to take guests on guided tours of the battlefield. Prior to this entrepreneurial effort, Cartwright was Director of the Carter House from 1997 until 2008. He joined the Carter House in 1989 and was Military Curator and Historian until he was promoted to Director. Thomas Cartwright 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. Cartwright is a supporter of the Civil War Trust, and many other local and national organizations. For the last 20 years, he has guided groups throughout most the Western Theater battlefields. In addition, Cartwright authored several articles and essays published in Tennessee Celebrate South Museum of the Confederacy, A Meteor Shining Brightly Essays on Maj. Gen. Patrick Cleburne, Black Southerners in Gray, The Encyclopedia of the Irish in America, Civil War Times and Around the State: A Publication of Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association. He is currently authoring two books: Mascots in the Civil War and Battle of Thompson's Station. Cartwright began visiting battlefields as a young boy, and his interest was encouraged by listening to stories about his great-grandfather, who was in the war, the Civil War Centennial, and many great historians including the late Stanley Horn.