Union surgeon (Landis) writes of working in Hospital #1 in Nashville, late 1862

Dr. Abraham Hoch Landis wrote to his children and detailed his day-to-day activities in Hospital #1 (Nashville).

December 15, 1862 letter reads, in part:

All the churches in town and many other buildings are used for hospital purposes. The sick soldiers that I am attending are in three large rooms. Every morning when I get up and get my breakfast I go into a room and find from 10 to 15 sick men. I go from one to another and write on a piece of paper what kind of medicine each one needs, and the paper is taken to the hospital steward and he doses out the medicine. When I get through one room I go to another room until I get done. One house in town is used to keep rebels in. I went to see them one day. They were hard looking cases. It would scare you to see them, there was so much dirt on the floor that I could hardly see it and their shirts looked as if they had not been washed in a month.

Source below: HA.com

[Union Surgeon]. Dr. Abraham Landis Archive. A large archive of over 450 letters relating to Union surgeon, Dr. Abraham Landis, with approximately 189 letters from Dr. Landis, dating from April 5, 1862 – April 24, 1865. Many of the letters are accompanied by their original transmittal covers. Landis’ early letters detail about his medical work in Tennessee near Nashville. In 1863, he was captured by the Confederates at Chickamauga and was taken to Libby Prison, and the archive has two letters from his time there and one immediately after his release. About half of the letters then cover his service in the Atlanta Campaign, the Battle of Resaca, movements on and around Dallas, Georgia, and on Kennesaw Mountain. Landis was then seriously wounded at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, and his letters that follow are about his recovery in hospital.

Abraham Hoch Landis (1820-1896) joined the 35th Ohio Infantry in November 1862 at the age of 41. However, before he was mustered into the 35th OH, Landis was already helping the army in a medical capacity.

Chaplain the 90th Ohio Infantry writes of Hood’s retreat and Confederate dead after Franklin

The following letter was retrieved online on October 6, 2018 (Cowan’s Auction)

William C. Holliday (1838-1921) was born in Adams County, Ohio. The Minutes of Ohio Annual Conference of Methodist Episcopal Church described him as a “local preacher” as early as 1855. Holliday enlisted on December 21, 1863, as a chaplain and was commissioned into Field & Staff OH 90th Infantry. Holliday mustered out on June 13, 1865 at Camp Harker, TN.

Franklin Tenn Dec 18, 1864
1st Division Hospital 4 AC

Ma

Yesterday morning we moved easily in the AM. Our troops had moved rapidly after the panic stricken and fleeing rebels about four miles. It was night. They slept on the mud and under the rain. It rained all day – but this Army is so flushed with victory that they did splendid marching – though tired and worn from two days incessant fighting and almost sleepless nights. We came about fifteen miles. Rebels are still going. It is the greatest victory of the war….”

And writing to his wife from the Field Hospital ….

Six Miles North Columbia Tenn.”[Dec 19]

Mrs. Holliday,

It is about 7oclock PM. I sent you a very brief letter on the 18 at Franklin. On this same day we marched about 14 miles through the rain. At Franklin I had an opportunity of circling over the battlefield. The rebels suffered terribly. They assaulted our works and were killed by the hundred. I counted on one side the pile over three hundred and fifty graves. There were as many on the other side…”

Source: Cowan’s

 

51st Ohio soldier tintype, survives Franklin

This image is currently (Oct 2018) offered on Cowan’s.

Sixth plate tintype and ribbon of Henry Hole, 51st OVI, presumably shown with his wife, wearing a state-style jacket without epaulets.  Hole first served in the 40th OVI until 1864, when he transferred to the 51st. While in the 40th Hole would have participated in the Battles of Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge, and Franklin.

The 51st Ohio was in Whitaker’s Brigade, Kimball’s Division, on the Federal right flank.

125th Ohio flag (flown at Franklin) sold at auction

Source: Cowan’s Auction

Lot of 2, featuring 12 x 9 in. section of cotton, machine-stitched regimental flag identified in ink to the 125th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and inscribed with the names of the battles in which the flag had been used by the regiment. The flag is inscribed as follows (original spelling retained): 125th OVI / Chickamauga – Mishionary Ridge – Dandridge – Rockey Fase Ridge – Resackey – Mudy Crick – New Hope – Kenasaw Mountain – Peachtree Crick – Front of Atlanta – Jonesburow – Lovejoy Station – Franklin – Nashville / 1862-1865.

Accompanied by letter, 1.5pp, from Private Edwin C. Woodworth, written from Camp of the 125th Ohio, Huntsville, AL, dated July 14, 1865, in which he refers to the piece of the regimental flag upon which he wrote the names of the battles, noting that 187 men felled under the flag. He also advises his mother not to wash the flag or the ink will come off. With original envelope.

Edwin Woodworth enlisted as a private in September 1862 and mustered into Co. B of the 125th Ohio Infantry in November 1862. Under the command of Colonel Emerson Opdycke, the 125th OH was initially involved in long marches and skirmishes until taking part in the Battle of Chickamauga. The regiment, which gained a high reputation for its fighting qualities, then participated in the Battle of Missionary Ridge and joined William Tecumseh Sherman in his Atlanta Campaign. It fought all the way until the end, at the Battle of Jonesborough, and then preceded to follow Confederate Lieutenant General John Bell Hood North to Nashville, TN. Private Woodworth remained with the 125th OH through June 20, 1865 when he mustered out of service.