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Great description by 100th Illinois solider (Lane’s Brigade) at Franklin, and artifacts

Pvt. – Sgt. Andrew W. Johnson
100 Illinois Infantry co. D. His Residence Plain field Illinois Enlisted 8/1/1862 as a Private. Promotions Sergt. He mustered out on 6/12/1865
Here`s some great information about Sgt. Johnson at the battle of Franklin Tennessee,
“We arrived at Franklin about noon, the enemy closely following us. Schofields corps were then behind a good line of works, our division was placed in line in front of them, and some slight works thrown up hurriedly. We could see Hood`s army marching over the hills, south of us. and watch them form their lines. Then commenced the battle, the enemy charging us in great force about four o`clock. We were compelled to leave the first line, falling back to the second line of works. and there the battle raged till almost nine p.m. The enemy charged the works five times, some of them being killed close on them. Gen. Clayborne and his horse fell right on our works. The fighting was terrific. We were now behind the works, and the enemy in the open field, almost the first battle in which the 100th had this advantage. There was a small grove of young locust trees just in front of part of our line,  every tree of which was cut off by bullets. The enemy withdrew having been repulsed each time. Clayborne`s division was nearly annihilated. Our list of casualties was again a sad one, for we lost one of the most valued of our remaining officers. Maj. Rodney S. Bowen was wounded in the thigh, and was placed in the last ambulance that started for Nashville, and died at that place three days after.  Michael Murphy our brave color sergeant, Co. C. was shot down while planting the colors in the face of the foe. and when Murphy fell, Andrew W. Johnson of co. D. sprang forward and snatched the colors and saved them from capture, for which he was made color sergeant.”
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Capt Korac McArthur, 57th Indiana Infantry, fought at Franklin

Residence Mount Morris NY;
Enlisted on 12/18/1861 as a 1st Sergeant.

On 12/18/1861 he mustered into “F” Co. IN 57th Infantry
He was Mustered Out on 2/22/1865

* 2nd Lieut 4/30/1862
* Capt 5/17/1862

The 57th fought in Wagner’s Division, Lane’s Brigade at Franklin.


Lt. Joel Finney, 57th Indiana, fought at Franklin

Residence Richmond IN;

Enlisted on 10/30/1861 as a 1st Lieutenant.

On 12/5/1861 he was commissioned into “B” Co. IN 57th Infantry

He was Mustered Out on 2/4/1865

* Capt 5/31/1862 (As of Co. D)

Intra Regimental Company Transfers:
* 5/31/1862 from company B to company D

The 57th fought in Wagner’s Division, Lane’s Brigade at Franklin.

James Bragg, Company F, 40th Indiana, writes about Franklin action

“Our division, that of the 2d of the 4th army corps, bore the brunt of this terrible, bloody battle, losing more than 2,000 men. This was the hardest fought and bloodiest battle, for the number engaged, during the war. It was a hand-to-hand contest. The rebels, being stimulated by the aid of whisky, were urged on by the valor of their officers to break through our lines and march on Nashville, Tenn., only thirty miles distant, and the home of many of the brave, rebel soldiers who fell to rise no more at that bloody battle. Each charge made by the rebels was as stubbornly resisted by us Union soldiers. Never wavering or faltering, but each one vieing [sic] with each other in deeds of valor, every one of us baring our breasts to the enemy’s guns to do or to die.”


“Early Life and Times in Boone County, Indiana; Harden & Spahr,Lebanon, Ind. 1887. Pages 245-246.