Elijah Lynch Baugh enlisted on May 9, 1861 into Company D, Feild’s 1st Tennessee Infantry as a private. Like so many of his comrades, he re-enlisted at the end of April in 1862 to serve for two more years (at least).

The 1st Tennessee Infantry (Feild’s) fought in significant engagements in the Eastern and Western theaters. In the Eastern, the 1st served at Seven Pines, and Gettysburg. In the Western theater they fought at Perryville, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Kennesaw Mountain, the Atlanta campaign, Franklin and Nashville.

Baugh’s record indicates he likely saw action at Franklin with the 1st Tennessee. In this battle the 1st was consolidated with the 27th TN and also served with the 4th TN (provisional), 6th-9th TN, 8th, 16th, 26th and 50th TN units (all in Maney’s Brigade) under Gen John C. Carter. This brigade suffered 42 killed at Franklin. The 16th TN suffered the most.

One wonders what Baugh thought of his experience at Franklin compared to Gettysburg?

Image courtesy: The Williamson County Histprical Society

Elijah Lynch Baugh (1841 - 1921)


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