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Battle of Franklin Pamphlet

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2717

This collection consists of a 29-page pamphlet by Captain John K. Shellenberger entitled "The Battle of Franklin." Its text constitutes a published version of a speech that Shellenberger gave before a meeting of the Minnesota Commandery of the Loyal Legion of the U. S. on December 9, 1902. In this work, Shellenberger describes tactical aspects of the Battle of Franklin, the condition of the Union soldiers before the battle, and the plight of the men wounded during the battle. He also expresses his opinions of and experiences with the opposing Confederate troops and argues that General Schofield was responsible for the high Union casualties incurred because he allowed a small Union force to hamper the operation of the whole.

Dates

  • 1902

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of a 29-page pamphlet by Captain John K. Shellenberger entitled "The Battle of Franklin." Its text constitutes a published version of a speech that Shellenberger gave before a meeting of the Minnesota Commandery of the Loyal Legion of the U. S. on December 9, 1902. In this work, Shellenberger describes tactical aspects of the Battle of Franklin, the condition of the Union soldiers before the battle, and the plight of the men wounded during the battle. He also expresses his opinions of and experiences with the opposing Confederate troops and argues that General Schofield was responsible for the high Union casualties incurred because he allowed a small Union force to hamper the operation of the whole.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Shellenberger was born in approximately 1829 in Ohio. When the Civil War broke out, he was living in Ohio with his wife and three children and working as a carpenter. During the war, Shellenberger served with the 64th Ohio Infantry. The unit mustered in on November 9, 1861, and served in Kentucky until February of 1862. They were then moved to Tennessee, where they participated in the battle of Shiloh, and to Mississippi, where they took part in the siege of Corinth. They were subsequently assigned to the Middle Tennessee Campaign (June-July 1863), the Chickamauga Campaign (August-September 1863), and the Atlanta Campaign (May-September 1864). While serving in the Nashville Campaign (November-December 1864), the unit fought in the Battle of Franklin (November 30, 1864). The unit mustered out in Texas on December 3, 1865. After the war, Shellenberger returned to his family in Ohio.

Arrangement

Collection consists of a single pamphlet.

Acquisition Note

The Special Collections Library purchased this collection in January of 2006.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480