Erastus Denman Branson, Co A, 57th Indiana Infantry

Erastus Denman Branson (my G.G.Grandfather)
Private, 57th Indiana Infantry, Company “A”
Born: March10, 1840 near Mansfield, Jackson Township, Parke County, Indiana
Married: Margaret Elizabeth Singleton, December 20, 1860
Children: William Newton Branson b: 1861 d; abt 1920 (my G.Grandfather)
Alvira Elizabeth Branson b: 1862 d: 1863
James Erastus Branson b: 1865

Erastus Denman Branson, enlisted: Private, 137th Indiana Infantry, Company E, May 4, 1864. Mustered in on May 26, 1864. This was one of the “100 Days” Units from Indiana that were sent to Tennessee to perform guard duties to railroad supply lines and telegraph lines.
Erastus mustered out of this unit on September 21, 1864 at the end of the term of service, and he returned home. Erastus was then drafted, and mustered in September 28, 1864 , Private, 57th Indiana Infantry, Company A.
Annals of the Fifty-Seventh Regiment Indiana Volunteers, Chapter 26, states that 280 new recruits, substitutes, and drafted men, who were ordered to join the 57th in the field, arrived at Pulaski on November 22, 1864. The 57th saw action at Spring Hill, and at Franklin.
Erastus was captured at the battle of Franklin, Tennessee. He was sent to Andersonville Prison, Georgia, and died there February 6, 1865. Grave # 12596.
(The headstone bears the name Brunson. National Archives, State Archives, Widow Pension papers, and the Dorance Atwater list, all contain the proper spelling of his name as Branson, but the 57th has it listed as Brunson)
Will have to send documents seperately.

Gregory J. Branson

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3 Responses to Erastus Denman Branson, Co A, 57th Indiana Infantry

  1. Pingback: More Franklin soldiers remembered «

  2. Ken Branson says:


    I was very happy to see your note. Erastus was also my great-great-grandfather; James E. was my great-grandfather. I knew about Erastus’ service in the 57th and about his capture and subsequent death in Andersonville. I didn’t know about his earlier service.


  3. Jeffrey M. Graf says:

    The 57th was in Lane’s(formerly Wagners) brigade/Wageners Division with my GGGrandfathers 40th Indiana Regiment. The shame of Franklin is that the 57th was 20 days past it’s muster out date and should not have been there. Also having a drunken divisional commander(Wagner) who left his men exposed in a suicide position sealed the fate of many in the 2 brigades. I have gone over the regimental roles of the 40th and 57th and have found many MIA’s and prisoners from the Battle of Franklin.

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