Civil War Diary/ 36th Indiana Infantry Soldier/wounded At Murfeesboro W/photo
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Civil War Diary/ 36th Indiana Infantry Soldier/wounded At Murfeesboro W/photo:
Selling a very good Civil War diary written by Corporal Franklin Elliott of the 36th Indiana Infantry in 1862 and 1863. Accompanying this diary is a cdv photo of Elliott after he got out of the Hospital but still while he was in need of a cane for his ailing leg. Also there are two other letters in the lot.one during the War and the other in 1888, by his brother, in regards to his wife's(Franks') death. The overall condition of the diary is not very good. It shows lots of use and campaigning, with foxing, pages loose, etc. The content however is very good. The 36th fought in the Western theater in most of the big battles and Elliott's notations in his diary are better than most diaries I have read. Diary starts out February 1862. the first- I am on sick list for the first time I have camp diarrhea. I received some clothing from home. 6th- Joseph Hedrick deceased. The first member of Co A to die? the company grievously laments his loss. Skipping to the 14th- The last of the Fourth Division marches from camp Wicliffe. The sick and nurses excepted. 20- We take the cars for Louisville where we arrived in the night and marched to the barracks. 22nd- We get aboard the 'Sunny South" which took us down the Ohio River to Paduca Ky. The heading on the page is March 1862 so he must write every so often and recount the days rather than from day to day. Now in Clarksville, Tenn and then taken to Nashville, Tenn "where I joined the Regt on the 29th"..March 5th- Today a man is executed for shooting at a corporal, he is shot he belongs to the 24th Ohio Regt. 12th- General Nelson takes his division out to the Hermatige twelve miles from Nashville...where we eat our dinners and visited Gen Jackson's tomb and return to camp. May 1st- We have orders to march tomorrow morning. May 2nd 1862- We march a few miles and form a line of battle and are ready to move at a moments notice if called. 3rd- We hear cannonading to our right and front. 4th- Gen Thomas's division passes ours and goes in advance, rainy and disagreeable. 5th- Continues to rain all night and until near noon we advance at 5 o'clock leaving all our camp equipment behind...........near 10 o'clock we came where the enemy had thrown obstructions in our way, all the division returned to camp except our regiment which was left for picket. 7th- we march on towards Corinth until evening and camp. There are entries between the one I am quoting but cannot enter all the entries here. 16th(May) we distinctly hear martial music occasionally about Corinth, a noise is heard at intervals like the handling of lumber. Co A goes out as skirmishers about 11 o'clock, cannonading is heard in the direction of Corinth 17th- We advance toward Corinth and form in line of battle. 18th- Continual skirmishing and occasionally a shot from artillery. 19th- We are moved out to a half mile from camp to support the pioneers which is building breast works. Co A commenced on them toward night and was shelled away by the enemy. June is mostly marching and going into camp and Elliott mentions such places as Jacinto, Iuka,, Bear Creek, Tennessee River, Buzzard's roost, Tuscumbia, Florence and Athens. 30th- Muster for pay. July4th- We have kind of a celebration and a speech by Major Bennett. In the afternoon grand review of General Nelson division on Athens fair grounds. He writes our advance has been a rapid one. Completely disconcerting the rebels and sending them in hot haste too. 14th We leave camp and go on march and continue march and cross the state line. We are on Elk river and arrive at Pulaski. .we take cars and we arrive at Nashville and take Alabama railroad and we arrive at Murfreesboro ion the night and lie on the battlefield until morning when we go into camp. We take up the line of march to Nashville to prevent the enemy from retaking it. We hear that they are advancing. 23 We return to Murfreesboro and when we arrive we stay where the enemy had been the day before. Writing (pencil) is light and hard to read for a page or so and we are in August. 24 August- We leave McMinnville after destroying all the Army stores that we could not take and shipping off the rest? We leave and go in a Southwest direction. We get to top of mountain and then countermarch and return. 26th- we get to McMinnville. 27th- The 10th Brigade(??) starts to Murfreesboro to bring in the provision train. 28th- General Forest(CS) attacks us in the rear and makes one charge and retreats. October. Lots of marching and back tracking and etc.&c. Mostly in and around Kentucky. 19th September. we advance four or five miles paroled soldiers come in just as we started. there is skirmishing in front the latter part of the day. Armstrong arrived. 20th- we lie still. 26th- We march towards Louisville 29 miles by one o'clock we stop on the river and take the first real wash in five weeks. Skirmishing in and around Bardstown, Ky. 7 October -We continue the advance. noon we hear cannonading which continues until dark The division forms in line on the extreme right, we are within 4-5 miles of Perryville 9th October- we are living still(!) at day light we advance within sight of town. Co A sent forward as skirmishers . No skirmish fighting the enemy having all left the night before. I can go on and on in this vain but will skip to his wounding now. Now we are in December of 1862. 24th of Dec- we get orders to get ready to March. we strike tents and load the wagons . 25- The regiment goes on picket. 26th- The army commences to move our regiment does not go back to camp but falls in with the Army in the rear of wagon train.. There is considerable cannonading to our right and front. 27- we lie still until about noon when we advance about six miles. It is raining , there is considerable of cannonading right, left, and front. there is two divisions in front of ours........ 28th- We only change positions of our lines but little. there is slight skirmishing in the front. 29th- we march all day in line of battle there is pretty heavy skirmishing all day 30th- it rains some in the forenoon , there is considerable fighting we do not advance our lines until evening, we advance a short distance our brigade is relieved by the 19th and ours is held in reserve. 31st- The weather is cool and cloudy. It commences to clear off towards noon and is clear toward night. A general engagement commences. The enemy beats back our right wing. I AM WOUNDED IN THE RIGHT THIGH in the beginning of the engagement. 1st January- the day is clear and cool the battle wages heavily all day our forces do not gain much ground. 2nd- the weather is clear and pleasant the fighting is heavy the most of the day. 3rd- Quite rainy and unpleasant. The fighting still continues hard. I am awakened about 8 o'clock at night and with several others wounded that is able to ride in wagons and started to Nashville in a train of waggons. 4th- We arrive at Nashville about sunrise after a cool, rainy hard nights ride and put in hospital no 18 which they just commenced fitting it out for accommodating of the wounded. The diary starts up again in March except for one entry in February on the 23rd- I get out of hospital for the first time. So his diary is not entered into from the 4th of January to the 23rd of February, 1863! Fairly serious wound I would say. The cdv of him in uniform with a cane shows how he must have needed the use of one for quite sometime. Elliott says that he was called early on the 5th of March to go to the depot to get on cars to go to his regiment about daylight. "The cars run off of the track in about three miles from Lavergne and kill and wound several. They get the train fixed and takes us on to Murfeesboro. I get to my regiment a little before sundown March 7? 1863. He seems to be on light duty as he talks of regiment fixing breastworks, etc. and "I do not go on account of my wound not being well." I am going to stop here although the diary goes on in detail until August of 1863 and then after there are several pages of thoughts and entries. Really a informative diary of one of our Indiana soldier's military life during the Civil War. Complete with his photo and two other letters . One being written after the war to Franklin. Email with any questions.