63rd Indiana soldier (A.L. Ewing) remembers Franklin 25 years later

A few weeks ago I blogged about a newly discovered letter from Addison Lee Ewing, Captain of Company I of the 63rd Indiana [read the post]. I’ve been doing more research on Ewing and the 63rd Indiana.

One quite interesting discovery is this.  On November 30th, 1889 – on the 25th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin – Ewing notates the anniversary in his 1889 diary for that day.  This would seemingly be uninteresting except for this fact. He does not refer to any other battle or engagement he was involved with in the Civil War except Franklin twenty-five years after the battle.

The experience at Franklin (30 November 1864) must have been a seminal experience in the mind of Ewing.  In his diary for 1888-1889 he did not mention any of the  other battle-anniversaries he could have like: Resaca, Lost Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain, Atlanta or even Nashville.

4 thoughts on “63rd Indiana soldier (A.L. Ewing) remembers Franklin 25 years later

  1. Tim Burgess

    Again, another wrongly identified image. This IS NOT ADDISON LEE EWING.

    This is Lt. Col. William A. Dawson of the 15th Tennessee Cavalry killed at Columbia, Tennessee on Nov. 28, 1864 and buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Columbia.

    I am wondering how this blog obtained the copy of this image as it was given to me by the descendant of Lt. Col. Dawson years ago for my ongoing research of the Confederate Soldiers killed during Gen. Hood’s Tennessee Campaign.

    Can anyone answer this question? Thank you. Tim Burgess

  2. Earl Willoughby


    I am the Dyer County historian and wonder which image you might have of Colonel Dawson.

    Earl Willoughby

    1. Tim Burgess

      Earl: Hello! I was mistaken about the source of this photo, I have very many of the men and boys killed at Franklin. I have the photo that appeared in the Confederate Veteran Magazine. year 1901, page 149. Although I did meet Col. Dawson’s decendant many years ago. She lived in Conn. but noted that her grandmother who died in Texas had a trunk with the Colonel’s Uniform and some letters and the original image. Sorry for the delay in responding, I do not check this site very often. Tim Burgess tburgess2@hotmail.com


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