Wilson Blain Logan, Captain, Company D, 175th Ohio Infantry was killed at Franklin

The following was submitted by a descendant:

Wilson_Blain_LoganWilson Blain Logan, born June 30, 1830, was the son of James Logan, a pioneer settler of Greenfield, Ohio. Wilson taught school in the winter and in the summer followed the painter’s trade. He later moved to Jeffersonville, Ohio, where he operated a grocery store until the outbreak of the Civil War.

When President Lincoln first called for volunteers, Wilson Logan enlisted in the 60th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. The entire regiment was captured at Harper’s Ferry in September 1862 and members were exchanged as prisoners on the condition that they would not re-enlist for a period of two years.

Mr. Logan went back home to his family in Jeffersonville, Ohio, where, in March 1863, he was appointed Postmaster. At the end of the two years, he was given permission by the Governor of Ohio to organize a company of infantry, which he did and the company was assigned to the 175th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was given the rank of Captain of Company D at Camp Dennison (near Milford, Ohio).

After completion of training, the company was assigned to the army of Tennessee under General Thomas of Nashville. When Confederate General Hood turned his forces to fight Thomas’ army in Nashville, Captain Logan was stationed with his company at a blockhouse in Southern Tennessee and was ordered to join Thomas at Nashville. On the road to Nashville, Captain Logan’s company was ordered to make a stand against the enemy at Franklin, Tennessee, and Captain Logan was killed.

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64th Ohio letter written in early December 1864

This letter was auctioned off in 2013 and provides some interesting detail about rebel activity after the Battle of Franklin as well as casualty numbers for the 64th Ohio Infantry.

Private Frank Ashley

Co. H, 64th Ohio Volunteers

Camp Near Nashville Tenn

December 8 – 64

“…it is reported the railroad is cut between here and Louisville…it is also reported that the (rebels) are falling back in the direction of Franklin Tenn But they are visible in our front also hear cannonading up the river…I have not heard of W T Sherman for some time but he is alright with out doubt The non veterans of our Regt will be mustered out soon which will make it Small having a heavy loss in the late Battle of Franklin our loss is 121 men killed wounded and missing…”

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Charles D. Hammer (124th Ohio Infantry) served at Franklin and visited friends here after the war

Charles D. Hammer joined the 124th Ohio Vol. Infantry in 1862 and during his service came to Franklin in 1863 and was at the Battle of Franklin and Nashville. He returned to visit Franklin friends three times after the war.

Hammer 124th OH

Image courtesy of Historic Foundation of Williamson County

Hammer was 18 years old when he enlisted as a sergeant on 8/4/1862. On 2/28/1864 he mustered into “A” Co. OH 124th Infantry. He was Mustered Out on 6/9/1865

Promotions:
* Private 11/15/1862 (Reduced to ranks)
* 1st Lieut 5/23/1863 (1st Lieut & Adjutant)
* Capt 1/18/1865 (Declined promotion)
* 1st Lieut 2/26/1865 (As of Co. G)

Intra Regimental Company Transfers:
* 5/23/1863 from company A to Field & Staff
* 2/26/1865 from Field & Staff to company G

Other Information:
born in Baltimore, MD
Member of GAR Post # 36 (Francis Gould) in Arlington, MA
died 5/3/1932

111th Ohio Infantry soldier played a key role at Franklin

Isaac R. Sherwood was a resident of Williams County OH when he enlisted as a 26 year-old Newspaper Editor into into “C” Co. OH 14th Infantry in April 1861.

Sherwood 111thOHio

 

Image courtesy of Historic Foundation of Williamson County

Enlisted on 4/22/1861 as a Private.

On 4/27/1861 he mustered into “C” Co. OH 14th Infantry
He was Mustered Out on 8/15/1861

On 8/20/1862 he mustered into Field & Staff OH 111th Infantry
He was Mustered Out on 6/27/1865 at Salisbury, NC

sherwood 111th OHPromotions:
* 1st Lieut 9/6/1862 (1st Lieut & Adjutant)
* Major 2/1/1863
* Lt Colonel 1/1/1864
* Colonel 9/8/1864
* Brig-General 2/27/1865

Other Information:
born 8/13/1835 in Stanford, Dutchess Co., NY
died 10/15/1925 in Toledo, OH

“The Battle of Franklin, fought Nov.30, 1864, was the most destructive of human life in proportion to the number engaged of any battle in the four years war… at midnight on the battlefield of Franklin, the finger of destiny was lifted pointing the open road to Appomattox.” (Gen. Isaac Sherwood; 111th Ohio Infantry)