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14th (NEELY’S) TENNESSEE CAVALRY REGIMENT
Also called 13th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment

    Recruited within Federal lines, 1863; organized with 10 companies August 8, 1863; consolidated into seven companies February 1864, and other companies added; consolidated March, 1865 with 15th Consolidated, 21st (Carter’s) and 22nd (Nixon’s) to form Nixon’s Consolidated Regiment; paroled at Gainesville, Ala., May, 1865.Excerpted action….

Meanwhile, the brigade, under Colonel Rucker, went with Forrest on September 18 on his raid into Middle TennesseQ beginning with the capture of Athens, Alabama, continuing as far north as Spring Hill, Tennessee, and recrossing the Tennessee River south of Lawrenceburg on October 8. It then moved back into Middle Tennessee with Forrest in support of General Hood’s invasion, ending with the Battles of Franklin and Nashville. The regiment was at Spring Hill on Novemher 29, the day before the Battle of Franklin, and on the Granny White Pike leading to Franklin, December 16, in the Battle of Nashville. Then followed the protection of General Hood’s retreat from Tennessee, and the withdrawal into Mississippi.

Hood’s retreat starts being discussed on page 131.

Resources

  • Coming Like Hell!: The Story Of The 12th Tennessee Cavalry, Richardson’s (Paperback)
    by Waldon Loving (Author)

The One Hundred and Eleventh Infantry (three years) was organized at Toledo in August, 1862, and mustered in September 5 and 6 of that year. It was an out-and-out northwestern Ohio command, ‘made up of men from Wood, Lucas, Sandusky, Fulton, Williams and Defiance counties.

“It was severely engaged during both days of the fighting in front of Nashville and in a charge on the second day it captured 3 Confederate battle-flags and a large number of prisoners, losing 7 killed and 15 wounded.  After pursuing Hood for some distance, the regiment was sent to North Carolina.”

The Union Army -Vol 2.

The First Light Artillery (three years) was organized under the militia law of 1860. and formed a part of the Ohio militia. It consisted of six companies, having one gun each. The Colonel was James Barnett.

On November 23, it broke camp at Pulaski, and while falling back toward Nashville disputed the ground with Hood day by day. On the 10th it checked Hood’s advance into Franklin, and covered the rear of the Federal column moving out, and reached Nashville on the night of December t. The loss of the battery in killed and wounded at the battle of Franklin was twenty-three. It was highly complimented by Gen. Stanley for gallant services in the field. On December 14, the battery was in the general engagement between Gens. Thomas and Hood, at Nashville, also it sharply engaged the enemy at Rutherford’s creek, being in the advance column of the Federal forces in Hood’s retreat to the Tennessee river. In March, 1865, it moved with the 4th Corps into East Tennessee and North Carolina, and in April returned to Nashville.

“Battery D – It was engaged in the battles of Franklin and Nashville and after the army of Hood was driven across the Tennessee river the battery returned to Nashville and was sent with the 23d corps to Wilmington, N. C.”
The Union Army – Vol 2

KILLEN, Doctor Duncan
Resides Green Hill, AL. Born 14 Dec 1840, near Green Hill, Lauderdale County, AL.
Enlisted Nov 1861, Florence, AL. Pvt., Co E, 27th Alabama. A little before the surrender, in the spring of 1865, was in Hood’s retreat from Franklin. All the pontoons were destroyed and he was given orders to take care of himself.

KILLEN, Robert Taylor
Resides Green Hill, AL. Born 2 Apr 1847, near Green Hill, AL.
Enlisted fall of 1864, Green Hill. Pvt., Co E, 27th Alabama. Served until spring 1865; company disbanded near Tuscumbia, AL following Hood’s retreat from Nashville, TN.

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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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