How many soldiers were cited for the Medal of Honor during the Franklin engagement?

There were thirteen eleven men who fought at Franklin that received the Medal of Honor. They were: Brown, Davis, Ellsworth, Gaunt, Gouraud, Greenawalt, Hall, Kelley, Merrifield, Ramsbottom, Ricksecker, Stanley, and Toohey.  Nine of them captured a flag; Merrifield captured two flags. Ellsworth, Gouraud, Stanley and Toohey did NOT capture a flag.

Note: The edits are based on feedback from historian Eric Jacobson on 12/6/10. I also verified verified the correct names with the U.S. Army Military History web site:

Only two other Tennessee Civil War engagements had more Medal of Honor recipients than Franklin (11): they are Chattanooga (22) and Nashville (17).


What are the names of the Battle of Franklin Medal of Honor recipients?

BROWN, JOHN HARTIES

Rank and organization: Captain, Company D, 12th Kentucky Infantry. Place and date: At Franklin, Tenn., 30 November 1864. Entered service at: Charlestown, Mass. Born: 1834, Canada. Date of issue: 13 February 1865. Citation: Capture of flag.

DAVIS, JOSEPH

Rank and organization: Corporal, Company C, 104th Ohio Infantry. Place and date: At Franklin, Tenn., 30 November 1864. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Wales. Date of issue: 4 February 1865. Citation: Capture of flag.

GAUNT, JOHN C.

Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 104th Ohio Infantry. Place and date: At Franklin, Tenn., 30 November 1864. Entered service at: Damascoville, Ohio. Birth: Columbiana County, Ohio. Date of issue: 13 February 1865. Citation: Capture of flag.

GREENAWALT, ABRAHAM

Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 104th Ohio Infantry. Place and date: At Franklin, Tenn., 30 November 1864. Entered service at: Salem, Ohio. Birth: Montgomery County, Pa. Date of issue: 13 February 1865. Citation: Capture of corps headquarters flag (C.S.A.).

HALL, NEWTON H.

Rank and organization: Corporal, Company I, 104th Ohio Infantry. Place and date: At Franklin, Tenn., 30 November 1864. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Portage County, Ohio. Date of issue: 13 February 1865. Citation: Capture of flag, believed to have belonged to Steward’s Corps (C.S.A.).

KELLEY, GEORGE V.

Rank and organization: Captain, Company A, 104th Ohio Infantry. Place and date: At Franklin, Tenn., 30 November 1864. Entered service at: Massillon, Ohio. Born: 23 March 1843, Massillon, Ohio. Date of issue: 13 February 1865. Citation: Capture of flag supposed to be of Cheatham’s Corps (C.S.A.).

MERRIFIELD, JAMES K.

Rank and organization: Corporal, Company C, 88th Illinois Infantry. Place and date: At Franklin, Tenn., 30 November 1864. Entered service at: Manlius, Bureau County, Ill. Birth: Pennsylvania. Date of issue: 28 March 1896. Citation: Captured 2 battle flags from the enemy and returned with them to his own lines.

RAMSBOTTOM, ALFRED

Rank and organization: First Sergeant, Company K, 97th Ohio Infantry. Place and date: At Franklin, Tenn., 30 November 1864. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Delaware County, Ohio. Date of issue: 24 February 1865. Citation: Captured the flag of the 2d Mississippi Infantry (C.S.A.), in a hand_to_hand fight with the color bearer.

RICKSECKER, JOHN H.

Rank and organization: Private, Company D, 104th Ohio Infantry. Place and date: At Franklin, Tenn., 30 November 1864. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Springfield, Ohio. Date of issue: 3 February 1865. Citation: Capture of flag of 16th Alabama Artillery (C.S.A.).

STANLEY, DAVID S.

Rank and organization: Major General, U.S. Volunteers. Place and date: At Franklin, Tenn., 30 November 1864. Entered service at: Congress, Wayne County, Ohio. Born: 1 June 1828, Cedar Valley, Ohio. Date of issue: 29 March 1893. Citation: At a critical moment rode to the front of one of his brigades, reestablished its lines, and gallantly led it In a successful assault.

TOOHEY, THOMAS

Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company F, 24th Wisconsin Infantry. Place and date: At Franklin, Tenn., 30 November 1864. Entered service at: ——. Birth: New York, N.Y. Date of issue: Unknown. Citation: Gallantry in action; voluntarily assisting in working guns of battery near right of the regiment after nearly every man had left them, the fire of the enemy being hotter at this than at any other point on the line.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “How many soldiers were cited for the Medal of Honor during the Franklin engagement?

  1. Andy Papen

    Interesting topic. One point: the flag that Alfred Ransbottom captured was actually the flag of the 2nd & 6th Missouri Infantry (Consolidated), rather than the 2nd Mississippi. The flag of the 2nd & 6th is in the State Museum in Jefferson City, and on the border is written a notation that it had been captured at Franklin by Alfred Ransbottom of the 97th Ohio. It’s also entirely possible that one of the flags captured by Merrifield was the flag of the 1st & 4th Missouri.

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  2. Tim Burgess

    Unfortunately, when you rely upon Wikipedia don’t always expect the correct answer.
    1. The 2nd Mississippi Infantry was not at Franklin, it was in the Army of Northern Virgina under Gen. R. E. Lee. This is either meant to be the 22nd or 32nd Mississippi Infantry. If it was meant the 22nd Mississippi the Color Bearer killed was Pvt. John Thomas Longino, Jr. If it was the 32nd Mississippi then the color bearer killed was either Sgt. Miles Jackson Steele, age 20, or Pvt. Samuel Todd Young, age 19.

    2. The 16th Alabama Artillery is actually the 16th Alabama Infantry.

    At last count, (36) Confederate color bearers were killed or Mortally wounded at Franklin and another (32) wounded and/or captured.
    (30) of these (36) killed are buried in the McGavock Confederate Cemetery, (10) as Unknowns. THEIR PROUDEST MOMENT WAS OFTEN THEIR LAST! “…..terrible as an army with banners.” Song of Solomon 6:4

    Tim Burgess

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