My great grandfather, Pvt. Nathan Richardson (“NR”) Oakes fought in the Battle of Franklin in Cleburne’s Division, Lowrey’s Brigade, 32nd Regiment, Co. D.
In fact, he published a couple of short letters in the Confederate Veteran. One in the Vol. VII (Sept., 1899) issue, he wrote about a comrade he saw fall “on top of the breastworks to the left of the pike leading from Columbia into the town.”
He enlisted in Corinth in March 1841, and surrendered at Durham Station on April 26, 1865. Weeks after the war, back in Mississippi, he married the sister of another of his comrades, my great uncle, Sgt. William Turner, of the same company.
Submitted by Mark Dolan