I have two cousins who fought and died at Franklin:
1. PVT George W(ashington) Samandal Bell, Company “E” Oakland Rifles, 29th Miss. Inf
99% certain killed at Franklin. Co. E, 29th Mississippi was in BG William F. Brantley’s Brigade of MG Edward Johnson’s Division, LTG Stephen D. Lee’s Corps at Battle of Franklin. John Bell Hood’s Army of Tennessee.
He was present for the battle, and never returned home, Company “E” was “virtually” wiped out according to records.
2. PVT Leftrick Reynolds Powell, Company “F” Eleventh Tennessee Inf. Regiment was either killed at Franklin or mortally wounded. Is buried in an unmarked grave near Cedar Hill between Nashville and Adams, TN.
Both of these men are direct descendants (as am I) of John Bell, Sr. who’s family is the focus of the famous “Legend of the Bell Witch.”
Leftrick (I have also seen it as “Leftwich”) was Elizabeth “Betsy” Bell and Richard P. Powell’s son, and Samandal as he was known in the family was Jesse Bell’s son
Submitted by John C. Cox