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.

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

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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