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Sixth Plate Ambrotype of Confederate Color-Bearer Ensign John J. Cherry, 3rd Mis
Auction partial listing: died of wounds received at Franklin. An early likeness of John Cherry at about 18 years of age likely taken at the time of his enlistment in Company C., 3rd Mississippi Infantry in September 1861, identified by old folded slip of paper in case having penciled “J.J. Cherry.”
The 3rd Miss was part of Loring’s Division, Featherston’s Brigade. Jacobson says that Cherry was shot in the upper right arm and died of his wounds in January 1865.
Source: Cowan’s auction, 2006
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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…”
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