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Historian Timothy L. Burgess has recently published a significant work on Confederate deaths burials in Nashville. Perhaps no one knows this subject better than Mr. Burgess, who has been researching the subject for nearly four decades.

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To order the book:

$22.00 with postage
Send check or MO to:
Tim Burgess
128 Maple Dr.
Hendersonville, TN 37075

This letter was auctioned off in 2013 and provides some interesting detail about rebel activity after the Battle of Franklin as well as casualty numbers for the 64th Ohio Infantry.

Private Frank Ashley

Co. H, 64th Ohio Volunteers

Camp Near Nashville Tenn

December 8 – 64

“…it is reported the railroad is cut between here and Louisville…it is also reported that the (rebels) are falling back in the direction of Franklin Tenn But they are visible in our front also hear cannonading up the river…I have not heard of W T Sherman for some time but he is alright with out doubt The non veterans of our Regt will be mustered out soon which will make it Small having a heavy loss in the late Battle of Franklin our loss is 121 men killed wounded and missing…”

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Here are the most searched-for Infantry units on the blog according to the blog visitors. Not surprisingly, Confederate units are of the highest interests by my visitors.

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14th tennessee as version 81311

Issued to the 14th Tennessee Infantry in the summer of 1862, this flag was carried into the works during Pickett’s Charge by Tennesseans from Robertson, Montgomery, and Stewart counties. Held at the U.S. War Department for decades, about 500 captured Confederate battle flags were returned to the former Confederate and border states in 1905. This Richmond Depot flag of the 14th Tennessee Infantry was one of those, and it currently resides at the Tennessee State Museum.

The folks at the State Museum have shown extreme care with this flag – all our flags, actually – over the years. This particular flag exhibits signs of a partial and earlier conservation treatment. But today we find the flag of the 14thTennessee listed by museum staff as among those most in need of conservation. General Robert E. Lee watched this flag advance across the field at Gettysburg, hoisted by men who might never return. Today, 150 years after the beginning of one of America’s defining moments, we implore you to contribute to preserving this piece of cloth – this piece of history. See details on how you can help at http://saveourflags.org/index.php/donate

1.   Full names of soldier.

John M. McGinnis

2.   Rank, unit served with, etc

4th TN Infantry Regiment Co. K ( Strahls)

Jackson’s 7th Calvary

15th TN (Stewart’s) Calvary Co. C

19th TN (Biffle’s) Calvary Co. K (Gen. Forrest Division)

3.  Any personal info about the soldier that you’re aware of.

Yes, see http://www.vizualstorm.com/jc/web-content/index.html

4. Was he wounded at Franklin?  Captured?  Missing?  Killed?

NO

5. Survive Franklin?  Survive the war?

Yes

6. Your exact relation?

Great Grand Son

7. Burial place?

Dyersburg, TN

8. Any pictures of the soldier:  in uniform?  Before or after the war?

Not in uniform, post-war yes

9. Surviving letters, diaries, or documents you’re willing to share?
None

10. The email address for you to be contacted?
jamescareyll@live.com

More info

My Great-great grandfather was named John M. McGinnis and he was born and raised in Dyer Co. of North West Tennessee.  He lived in both Newbern TN and Dyersburg TN prior to entering into the civil war.

He fought at Franklin under General Forrest and even met his future wife there while engaged in the battles in and around Franklin.

I have written a detailed biography of my great-great grandfather of his life and his family since their arrival in Dyer county Tennessee in 1841. The web page can be found at:

http://www.vizualstorm.com/jc/web-content/index.html

The following are a couple of excerpts from that biography:

John was placed into the 9th (later 19th) Tennessee Cavalry Regiment, Company K., as a 5th Sergeant under Captain R.M. Sharp.  This was a pretty high rank for an enlisted man and he now drew $17.00 a month.

The 9th Tennessee Cavalry regiment was placed under Colonel J.B. Biffle who was attached directly to General Forrest’s staff. How proud John must have been, he was riding for one of the most famous and respected Generals of the Confederate service.

This unit was involved in a lot of action, although most were not as significant as the major battles that shaped the outcome of the Civil war.

It is also interesting to note here that during the many battles/skirmishes John’s unit was involved in and around Franklin, TN (in 1863 and 1864), that John’s future wife (Carrie Doughty) was born and being raised there in the Franklin, TN area.  She would have been about 14 or 15 years old at that time.  It is highly likely that they may have met during this period.

COMMENT: They would wed six years later, after the war, in 1870.

In April 1901, John went to the cemetery at Ashwood, TN near Columbia, TN to retrieve General Strahl’s body (as you may remember this was John’s commander when he enlisted in May 1861 in the 4th TN infantry, as a Dyer Guard).  General Strahl was killed in the battle of Franklin on 30 Nov. 1864 and his body had been buried at Ashwood, TN.   John was there at that Battle.

There was some discussion by the people of Columbia, TN to move his body to the Confederate burial cemetery in Columbia.  John and a comrade (Mr. David Shaw – also from Dyersburg) had gone to Ashwood to escort and take home General Strahl’s body for reburial. When John returned the General’s body to Dyersburg TN, there was a surprisingly large attendance of veterans at the public service held in Dyersburg for this General. The General was and is currently buried in the same cemetery where John is buried

In 1905, John (and I suspect his wife) visited the Franklin, TN battlefield and removed some timber from the siding of an old Gin house (I suspect it may very well be the one pictured at the top of this Franklin Face Book web page) where he had fought during the battle of Franklin.  From this wood, he made some ceremony gavels (quantity unknown) and sent one to the Egbert F. Jones camp (#367, UCV, Huntsville, AL,) for their use. Other gravel locations are unknown.

On 21 February 1907, John died in his hometown of Dyersburg and is buried in the old Dyersburg cemetery near the downtown area.

Please click on the following link to this web page and I sincerely hope you enjoy reading it.  It took me five years of extensive research to develop this man’s story.  I would greatly appreciate any feedback on it.  My email address is:  jamescareyLL@live.com

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Summary of the Battle of Franklin

The Battle of Franklin was fought on November 30, 1864 in Franklin, Tennessee; in Williamson County. John Bell Hood's Army of Tennessee (around 33,000 men) faced off with John M. Schofield's Army of the Ohio and the Cumberland (around 30,000 men). Often cited as "the bloodiest five hours" during the American Civil War, the Confederates lost between 6,500 - 7,500 men, with 1,750 dead. The Federals lost around 2,000 - 2,500 men, with just 250 or less killed. Hood lost 30,000 men in just six months (from July 1864 until December 15). The Battle of Franklin was fought mostly at night. Several Confederate Generals were killed, including Patrick Cleburne, and the Rebels also lost 50% of their field commanders. Hood would limp into Nashville two weeks later before suffering his final defeat before retreating to Pulaski in mid December. Hundreds of wounded Confederate soldiers were taken to the John and Carrie McGavock home - Carnton - after the battle. She became known as the Widow of the South. The McGavock's eventually donated two acres to inter the Confederate dead. Almost 1,500 Rebel soldiers are buried in McGavock Confederate Cemetery, just in view of the Carnton house.

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