Benjamin Franklin Ellis, Private, Tennessee 41st Inf. Reg,Co. F

He was born in 1846 in or around Murfreesboro, TN. I do not think he was injured during the battle and did survive the war, marrying and moving to Montgomery County, TX then to Bertram, TX where he is buried.  I am related through my father who was BF Ellis IV.

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William Princeton Wilson, Private, Mississippi 33rd Inf Reg., Co. B

He was born in 1847 and enlisted from Amite County, MS in 1862 and served until the end of the war, never being injured. (must have been good at ducking).  He survived the war and is buried in the Wilson Cemetery on PP Wilson Road in Amite County, MS.  PP Wilson was his father.  His family had a plantation next door to Marcus S. Wilson, (PP’s brother and WP’s uncle).

These two brothers had moved from Houghton, NY where their family was wealthy to make their fortunes down South in the 1830’s.  Therefore, during the Civil War,  these guys were fighting against their family members (first cousins).  I am related to Wm P. Wilson through my mother’s side.

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Joseph H. Hines, Co. D 97th Ohio Vol. Infantry

1. Full names of soldier. Joseph H. Hines

2. Rank, unit served with, etc. – Co. D 97th Ohio Vol. Infantry
3. Any personal info about the soldier that you’re aware of.
Born 1831 Belmont Co. Ohio married Sara Byland on Feb. 6, 1853 Morgan Co. OH children – William H. Hines 1853-1937, Julie Hines 1857-1919, Mary E. 1859-????) Joseph R.1863-1947
4. Was he wounded at Franklin?  Captured?  Missing?  Killed?
KIA on Nov 30, 1864 Battle of Franklin
5. Survive Franklin?  Survive the war?
6. Your exact relation?
3rd Great Grandfather
7. Burial place?
Franklin Section at Murfreesboro Stones River
8. Any pictures of the soldier:  in uniform?  Before or after the war?
yes before and during I believe
9. Surviving letters, diaries, or documents you’re willing to share?
only thing I have is his pension records
10. The email address for you to be contacted?
 ljleclain@yahoo   (Lorinda LeClain)
11. Permission to re-publish your info in a web-based database so others can learn about him, and possibly contact you to ask questions or share info you might desire?
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Joseph Hines would have also seen action at Stone’s River, Missionary Ridge, Rocky Face, Resaca, Dallas, Kennesaw Mountain, Atlanta, and Lovejoy Station.
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Regarding the action at Franklin that Joseph experienced:
Lt. Col. Milton Barnes, commander of the 97th Ohio, wrote to his wife about how the regiment lost its colors “and color sergeant in the fight…” But the loss of the colors was offset, Barnes thought, by “capturing one of theirs in place of it.” After Lane’s Brigade was routed from the advanced line, many from the 97th Ohio took positions on the main line and “fought with great desperation…” Among those men was Sgt. Alfred Ransbottom, who Barnes said saw an enemy flag “in front of the works, leaped over and grabbed it, and returned unharmed.”

Jacobson, Eric A. (2013-11-01). For Cause and Country: A Study of the Affair at Spring Hill & the Battle of Franklin (Kindle Locations 8145-8149). O’More Publishing. Kindle Edition.

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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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Michael Welch, Private, Co G, 183rd Ohio Infantry

2.  Private – 100th Ohio Infantry (OVI) – Company G. Enlisted December 15, 1863. Transferred to the 183rd Ohio Infantry – Company A (June 1865).
3.  Michael Welch immigrated to the United States from County Mayo, Ireland in 1846 with his wife, Mary, and baby daughter, Bridget, at the height of the Great Potato Famine.  Michael Welch enlisted in the 100th Ohio Infantry,  Company G, in December 1863 at age 40. At the time of his enlistment, Michael and Mary Welch were the parents of five children: Bridget, John, Katherine, Mary, and Margaret who resided in Elmore, Ohio.
4.  Pvt. Michael Welch was wounded/injured at the Battle of Franklin.
5.  He survived the Battle of Franklin and served with the 183rd Ohio Infantry, Company A, until July 1865 when he was mustered out at Toledo, Ohio.
6.  I am Michael Welch’s great-great granddaughter
7.  Michael Welch died on March 8, 1903 at the Dayton Home for Disabled Soldiers in Dayton, Ohio. He is buried at the Dayton National Cemetery: Section N – Row 24 – Grave 10
8.  No known photos, letters, personal effects, etc.
9.  No
10.  Email address:
11.  Permission granted re: publication of this information, and welcome shared information.
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Israel Palmer Covey. Sgt., Co B, 44th Illinois Infantry

1. Full names of soldier. Israel Palmer Covey

2. Rank, unit served with, etc. Sergt, B Company 44th Illinois Vet Infantry

3. Any personal info about the soldier that you’re aware of.

Birth 25 Mar 1839 in Howard, Steubon, New York, United States

Death 13 Jul 1926 in Homestead, Benzie, Michigan, United States

Married Mary E. Stowell on 14 March 1864

Seven Children

Medical Doctor

4. Was he wounded at Franklin?  Captured?  Missing?  Killed? Accepted the surrender of Capt. G. W. Covell, Company E, Third Missouri

3. Survive Franklin?  Survive the war?  Enlisted in Company B 44th Illinois Infantry as Corporal for 3 years. Aug 16, 1861 at Coldwater, Michigan.  Age 23; Mustered Sept 13, 1861; Re-enlisted Jan 1, 1864 at Blaine’s Cross Roads, Tenn; Mustered Feb 17, 1865; Promoted First Lieutenant, Company B Jan 14, 1865; Mustered March 1,  1865, Resigned June 6, 1865

6. Your exact relation? Great Grandson

7. Burial place?Champion Hill, Homestead Township, Benzie County, Michigan

8. Any pictures of the soldier:  in uniform?  Before or after the war? Yes, after the war.

9. Surviving letters, diaries, or documents you’re willing to share?  Have copies

Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, has eight letters to Rosanna Covey Hulbert from I. P. Covey summarized as:

Israel P. Covey. Eight letters written while he was serving in Company B, 44th Illinois Infantry (1861-1865). He was a corporal; re-enlisted January 1, 1864 at Blain’s Cross Roads, Tenn., and was promoted to first lieutenant in Company B. He resigned in June 1865. He was in a battle near Murfreesboro. Five shots went through his coat, and one musket ball struck him in the right hip. He was taken prisoner on the way to the hospital, but released three days later when the rebels were driven off and left the men in the hospital. He guarded rebel property; was on the march in the rain for ten days, skirmishing most of the way. His first real battle was before Dalton and Resaca, Ga. Other battles were Jamesboro [sic], Franklin, and Nashville and he describes their movements. He didn’t like McClellan, and he wouldn’t vote for him. The 13th Infantry was camped near one of their camps, and he visited his cousin Alfonzo. One letter, March 18, 1865, tells Rosanna that on his way back to the regiment from home, he had been exposed to smallpox and had to stay in the hospital.

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James C. McCormick, Private, 104th Ohio Infantry

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