51st Ohio soldier survives Franklin and Nashville action

Ezra W. Neff Residence was not listed; 18 years old. Enlisted on 9/19/1861 as a Private. On 10/3/1861 he mustered into “G” Co. OH 51st Infantry He was Mustered Out on 10/3/1865 at Victoria, TX Promotions: Corpl 4/15/1865 Fifty-first Infantry.

This regiment was organized at Camp Meigs, near Canal Dover, from Sept. 9 to Oct. 12, 1861, to serve for three years. On Nov. 3 it went by rail to Wellsville on the Ohio river and was there placed on trans- ports and taken to Louisville, Ky. It was variously engaged at different points during the first year of its service, but participated in its first actual engagement in the fall of 1862, when the regiment and brigade were sent out on a foraging expedition, and at Dobson’s ferry, Tenn., met and defeated Wheeler’s Confederate cavalry, who had by some means got in the rear. The regiment lost 13 men wounded 3 of whom subsequently died. The 51st left 32 of its number dead on the field at Stone’s river, 105 were wounded and 46 captured. The regiment lay at Murfreesboro until June 24, when it moved on the Tullahoma campaign. At Ringgold, Wheeler’s Confederate cavalry was met, defeated and driven to Tunnel Hill. In the battle of Chickamauga the regiment lost 8 men killed, 37 men and 1 officer wounded and 30 captured. It participated in the storming of Lookout mountain and took part in the taking of Rossville gap through Missionary ridge, its loss in these two affairs be- ing 1 killed and 7 wounded. It re-enlisted, was furloughed home and returned in time to enter on the Atlanta campaign. It was engaged at Resaca and at Kennesaw mountain. From this time until Atlanta was taken the regiment was almost hourly engaged with the enemy. It fought at Jonesboro and then pursued the enemy to Lovejoy’s Station, losing 10 wounded at the latter place. Then followed the battles of Franklin and Nashville, after which the regiment was ordered to Texas, and was there mustered out on Oct. 3, 1865.

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183rd Ohio soldiers sees his first action at Franklin then survives Nashville two weeks later

Jacob Ash (pictured circa 1900) was with the Ohio 183rd O.V.I. He mustered in at Camp Dennison in Cincinnati, Ohio, and arriving in Columbia on 11/28/1864.

Jacob Umstott, was with the 175th O.V.I.  They both mustered in a day apart at Cincinnati, OH and came south to Columbia, TN in October and November, 1864.

The two men, who never knew each other, grew up about 20 miles apart, and mustered in a day apart in October.

Jacob Ash was shot in the leg just below the knee at Franklin, an injury that would prevent him from holding steady work the rest of his life.

Despite that, after Nashville, he continued on with the 183rd to serve in the Carolina Campaign until he mustered out at Salisbury, NC in June, 1965.

Jacob Umstott mustered out in July, 1865 at Columbia, TN.

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Bob Werner and Donna Umstott Werner

Bluffton, SC
donbobfla@hargray.com

86th Indiana soldier survives action at Franklin and Nashville too

John Slattery/Co. K., 86th Ind./Covington Ind./Crawfordsville

The 86th Indiana participated in all of the major engagements of the Army of the Cumberland including Perryville, Stones’ River, the Tullahoma Campaign, Chickamauga, Knoxville, Atlanta, and the battle of Franklin and Nashville losing 72 men killed and mortally wounded.

81st Indiana survives Franklin and Nashville

Leonard H. Tuttle enlisted into Co. B, 81st Indiana Regiment in 1862. Was promoted to 1st Lt. in Oct. of ’64 and Capt. in Dec. of ’64. The 81st was mustered in at New Albany in Aug. 1862. They saw their first major battle at Stone River with later engagements at Liberty Gap, Chickamauga, Tunnel Hill, Buzzards Roost Gap, Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca, Dallas, Bald Knob, Kingston, Kennesaw Mountain, Chattahoochee River, Peachtree Creek, Atlanta, Lovejoy Station, Jonesboro, Franklin, and finally Nashville. The 81st lost 236 men killed.

St. Mary of the Seven Sorrows, Roman Catholic Church, Nashville

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The church web site says:

1844: The cornerstone of the present St. Mary of the Seven Sorrows was laid. Delays and lack of funds postponed the dedication and completion of this first Cathedral of the Diocese of Nashville. Being so close to the old Church on Capitol Hill, this latter structure was soon abandoned and was turned into a hospital run by the Sisters of Charity. Fire destroyed a great part of the structure, and it was abandoned in 1856. Salvaged materials from this structure were used in the building of the Church of the Assumption in North Nashville.

Painting by artist Phil Ponder

First Presbyterian Church, circa 1859

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William A. Eichbaum, a Nashvilel bookseller, did this pen-n-ink wash drawing of First presbyterian Church and published it in a sketchbook in the 1850s.  Located at present-day Fifth and Church. Federals used the church as a military hospital during the Civil War.

The church is renowned for it’s Egyptian design. The interior is modeled after the temple to Amon-Ra at Karnak.

View (below) of church as it looked in 1831, their first church building.

Orphan becomes Confederate soldier and is captured at Nashville, later joins U.S. Infantry

John Thomas Knight was an orphan who was never sent to school, could not read or write, but worked on a farm.  He told his children that his mother was of the Choctaw tribe, that he had Choctaw Indian in his family background but there is no documentation of this.

He joined the Confederate services as a private in April of 1963 at the age 15.

He fought at Franklin and at Nashville – at Nashville he was captured by the Union on 16 Dec 1864, 13 days before his 17th birthday.  He was transferred to Louisville, KY, and on to Camp Chase, Ohio where he spent four months as a prisoner of war.

Nine days after Lee surrendered, on April 21, 1865, he joined Co. E, 5th regiment of the U.S. Infantry volunteers.   He was honorably discharged on 11 Oct 1866 and returned to Mississippi.

Sears’s Brigade was part of Samuel G. French’s Division, A.P. Stewart’s Corps. The 39th MS walked over the land of the McGavock’s on their way to assaulting the Federal line.

There are seven identified 39th Mississippi boys buried at McGavock Confederate Cemetery.