Vivid account from 50th OVI soldier at Franklin

Corporal Erastus Winters, 50th Ohio Volunteer Infantry saw action at Franklin. His unit was on the west side (right) of the Union line, beside the Carter House as the Confederates under Cheatham made several charges upon the works.

I have read a great many descriptions by both Union and Confederate writers who have tried to describe as it appeared to them as the enemy charged across what may be called the field of death but all have failed to show it up as it was. There is no words in the English language that will fitingly describe it – it is painted on the canvas of the memories of those who saw it and stands out in bold relief but no eye witness I care not how clever he may be with the pen can do it justice on paper…

Source: Cowan’s Auction, online (2007)

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