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A reader of the blog needs some help:

I am searching for a long lost cousin who came from Osceola, Mo fighting with the Sixth/second Reg Inf Vols Co F under Capt Weidemeyer.  After Jim Lane and his band of thuds burned Osceola to the ground, Capt Weidemeyer supplied his men out of his own pocket and rode off to the south to fight in the Battle Of Wilson Creek, Mo. According to what I have been able to find, the unit fought in Elk Horn where my long lost cousin was wounded and later captured in or around Franklin in December 1864.  From that point, there is no further information on him.  His name was Charles F Moran born Ky around 1840. His parents were Henry E Moran and Nancy E Brown from St Clair County Missouri.  The Moran’s came from Washington County Ky around 1840.  Any information or leads for this search would be deeply appreciated.
Please contact Joy at <jsweigart[at]> if you have info to share.

So is it just me, or does anyone else see anything “wrong” with this picture (i.e., artifact)?  I don’t dispute its authenticity.  But if it is, what seems weird or wrong about it?

It is for sale on Heritage Auction until December 8th.

Battle of Franklin Trust historian and author Eric Jacobson will sign copies of his long-awaited book on the Battle of Franklin titled Baptism of Fire: The 44th Missouri, 175th Ohio, and 183rd Ohio at the Battle of Franklin, this Saturday at the Carter House from 11-1.

His previous book For Cause & For Country precedes this new volume.

The book can be ordered via PayPal here.

Eric Jacobson has been a student of the American Civil War since the mid-1980s. He has authored two prior books, For Cause & For Country and The McGavock Confederate Cemetery, and has a deep and heartfelt interest in elevating the stories about Spring Hill and Franklin to their appropriate place in history. For many years he has assisted a variety of organizations, from Franklin’s Charge to the Civil War Trust, in their efforts to preserve and reclaim critical portions of both battlefields, which are so crucial to a greater understanding of the men and boys who fought there in 1864. Eric is the Chief Operating Officer and Historian for the Battle of Franklin Trust and works in the historic Franklin community, and nearly every day he walks the hallowed ground on which so many Federal and Confederate soldiers so valiantly struggled. His interpretive and preservation efforts at Carnton Plantation and The Carter House, in particular, have been extensive. He lives in Spring Hill with his wife, Nancy, and their two daughters.

Captain Nathan W. Wilcox

Grave Marker Dedication for Capt. Nathan W. Wilcox
Mount Olivet Cemetery
1101 Lebanon Pike
Nashville, Tennessee
2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 14
(see map)

Location: Single Graves Section 4
Row 5, Space 116

Check back later on for pictures and video footage of the ceremony.


Here are my notes on the ceremony.

About ten braves souls, half descendants, half local history enthusiasts, braved the 105 heat index sun today at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Nashville for the purpose of attending the Memorial, Celebration of Life, & Grave Dedication Honoring Captain Nathan W. Wilcox (1828-1891) of the Missouri Engineering Regiment of the West.

Here are a few pictures of the ceremony.

Mrs Jean Wilcox Hibben, great great granddaughter of Capt Wilcox.

Tombstone and GAR marker for Nathan W. Wilcox

President Lincoln poses with a Wilcox descendant and Boyscout


Descendants of Captain Wilcox join in as Color Guard for the ceremony.

Nathan W. Wilcox tombstone with the newly-placed American flag and GAR marker.

Picture of Nathan W. Wilcox in Union uniform from the ceremony program.

More info and videos to come soon.

The 4th Missouri carried this flag which was presented to them in April of 1862 in Springfield, Missouri.  The 4th fought for Cockrell’s Brigade, French’s Division alongside the:  1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th Missouri Infantry, and the 1st Missouri Cavalry (dismounted) and 3rd Missouri Cavalry Battalion (dismounted).

Cockrell’s Brigade fought to the immediate Confederate right of Cleburne’s Division, assaulting the Federal line at Franklin where the Union Brigades of Reilly and Casement came together.

Picture credit: Arms and Equipment of the Confederacy (p. 260).

There are five known-identified 4th MO soldiers buried at McGavock, a light number compared to the other infantries it fought with.  It is likely that there are several 4th MO boys buried as ‘unknowns’ at McGavock.

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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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