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17th Mississippi Infantryman from Franklin was a veteran of many battles before he fought in his home town late in the war.

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William J. Bateman grew up in Franklin and married Sallie Nichols. They moved to Mississippi and he joined the 17th Mississippi Co I Inf.

Photo credit: Mary Nichols Britt collection in the Tennessee State Archives.

He mustered in 6/1/61. Depending on his verified war records he may have seen action at Bull Run I, Ball’s Bluff, Antietam, Perryville, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg Chickamauga, Fort Sanders, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Franklin and Nashville.

2nd Michigan Cav played a key role at Franklin

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 10.25.16 PMAuction listing: 2nd Michigan Cavalry, no back mark, ink-signed “Shirk Miller/2nd Mich. Cavalry” on verso. Miller enlisted in Company F, 2nd Michigan Cavalry in September 1861 as a private and rose through the non-commissioned ranks to become a lieutenant in July 1865, finally mustering out in August. Lacking chevrons, this view probably taken shortly after joining as Miller still wears civilian corduroy pants or, alternatively, during veteran’s furlough in March 1864. The regiment served exclusively in the western theater from the siege of Corinth to Chickamauga, Atlanta and Franklin ending the war in Wilson’s Cavalry Corps having lost 74 men killed and wounded.

Source: Cowan’s auction, 2006

3rd Miss color bearer dies of wounds at Franklin

Sixth Plate Ambrotype of Confederate Color-Bearer Ensign John J. Cherry, 3rd Mis

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Auction partial listing: died of wounds received at Franklin. An early likeness of John Cherry at about 18 years of age likely taken at the time of his enlistment in Company C., 3rd Mississippi Infantry in September 1861, identified by old folded slip of paper in case having penciled “J.J. Cherry.” 

The 3rd Miss was part of Loring’s Division, Featherston’s Brigade. Jacobson says that Cherry was shot in the upper right arm and died of his wounds in January 1865.

Source: Cowan’s auction, 2006

41st Ohio soldier (images) fought at Franklin, personal items sold at auction

Corporal C.B. Strickland, 41st Ohio Volunteers

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 9.22.51 PMCowan’s listing (in part): In August of 1861, after enlisting as a Private at the age of 20, Strickland was mustered into Co. B of the 41st OVI. Initially under the command of Colonel William Babcock Hazen and often referred to as “Hazen’s Brigade” because of the successes it achieved through his leadership, the 41st Ohio was a hard-fighting regiment that saw action at Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Stone’s River, Resaca, Kennesaw Mountain, New Hope Church, the Atlanta Campaign, Franklin, and Nashville. Near the end of his Civil War service, Strickland was promoted Corporal on March 31, 1865, and he was mustered out in November, 1865, at Camp Chase, OH. Following the war, Strickland resided in Bristolville, OH, and records indicate that he was still alive in 1908.

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Source: Cowan’s Auction, November 2013

CSA soldier (Jordan) probably fought at Franklin in the 24th Alabama (Manigault’s Brigade), ambrotype sold at auction for almost $5,000

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 10.02.37 PMSpectacular Half Plate Ambrotype of Baxter Jordan, 24th Alabama “Dixie Boys”

Partial auction listing: a clear ambrotype with applied black backing and dark velvet pad. This desirable Southern half plate was consigned directly by a living descendant and identified as Baxter Jordan who served as corporal in Company C., “Dixie Boys,” 24th Alabama Infantry.

Source: Cowan’s Auction