Ellsberry Quick, Co. H, 107th Illinois served at Franklin

Elsberry Leonard Quick

Born: March 26, 1844
Where: Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana
His Father: Smith Quick
His Mother: Mahala (Tryon) Quick
Moved to Bement, Piatt County, Illinois – as a child
Military: Musician, Private – Company H 107th Illinois – Union – Civil War
The 107th engaged in major action at Spring Hill, Franklin, & Nashville, Tennessee
Married 1st: Mrs. Elizabeth (Arnett) Coffin – she died leaving him a widower 
Married 2nd: Mary Rosa Stephan
When: September  29, 1885
Where: Saint Louis, Saint Louis County, Missouri
Made the land run with his wife Mary in the Oklahoma Territory – most likely a “Sooner”
Occupation: Farmer
Total number of children from 1st & 3rd marriage: 10
Died: June 30, 1900 – Smallpox
Where: Hitchcock, Blaine County, Oklahoma Territory
Buried: Cottonwood Cemetery, Blaine County, Oklahoma Territory

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Below is a photo of Elsberry Quick, it is believed to have been taken in St. Louis, Missouri in the 1880s

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I don’t believe my Great Great Granddad cared much for war, at the base of his tombstone is this variation of part of a poem by Sir Walter Scott:

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The Official Report of Confederate Lt. Stephen D. Lee, concerning the 107th:

My corps, including Johnson’s division, followed immediately after Cheatham’s toward Franklin. I arrived near Franklin about 4 p.m. The commanding general was just about attacking the enemy with Stewart’s and Cheatham’s corps, and he directed me to place Johnson’s division, and afterward Clayton’s, in position to support the attack. Johnson moved in rear of Cheatham’s corps; and finding that the battle was stubborn General Hood instructed me to go forward in person to communicate with General Cheatham, and if necessary to put Johnson’s division in the fight. I met General Cheatham about dark, and was informed by him that assistance was needed at once. Johnson was at once moved forward to the attack, but owing to the darkness and want of information as to the locality his attack was not felt by the enemy till about one hour after dark.

This division moved against the enemy’s breastworks under a heavy fire of artillery and musketry, gallantly driving the enemy from portions of his line. The brigades of Sharp and Brantly (Mississippians) and of Deas (Alabamians) particularly distinguished themselves. Their dead were mostly in the trenches and on the works of the enemy, where they nobly fell in a desperate hand-to-hand conflict. Sharp captured three stand of colors. (one thought to be the colors of the 107th Illinois Inf ) Brantly was exposed to a severe enfilade fire. These noble brigades never faltered in this terrible night struggle.

Brigadier – General Manigault, commanding a brigade of Alabamians and South Carolinians, was severely wounded in this engagement while gallantly leading his troops to the fight, and of his two successors in command, Colonel Shaw was killed and Colonel Davis wounded. I have never seen greater evidences of gallantry than was displayed by this division, under command of that admirable and gallant soldier, Maj. Gen. Ed. Johnson.

The enemy fought gallantly and obstinately at Franklin, and the position he held was, for infantry defense, one of the best I have ever seen.

The Union’s Adjutant General’s Report concerning the 107th: 

Adjutant General’s Report

November 29, assigned position in the lines near Columbia pike, and, owing to lateness of arriving, had not breastworks complete when the battle commenced. Regiment suffered a severe loss in the death of Colonel Lowry, who fell, mortally wounded, from a minnie ball in head. First Lieutenant Isaac C. Morse, command Company A, was also killed. After fall of Colonel Lowry, the command of the Regiment devolved upon Captain McGraw — Major Milholand being on staff duty.Arrived at Nashville, December 1. During battle of Franklin, the Regiment captured two stands of enemy’s colors, and had its own colors seized, but they were recovered by Private Walker, of Company G, who killed the enemy seizing them.

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