21257Re: Medical Personnel
- May 29, 2000Thanks for the additional information, Steve.
Maybe I should be more specific. Francis was with what was commonly
known as the "28th Thomas' Louisiana", or more accurately, the 29th
Louisiana Inf. Reg., Co. B, Elam Guards. At Vicksburg, they were
Maj.-Gen. Martin L. Smith's Division; Third Brigade, Brig.-Gen.
Stephen D. Lee, Brig-Gen. F.A. Shoup.
Sorry for the confusion.
--- In email@example.com, "Stephen D Wakefield"
> One thing I neglected to mention ...I am assuming that the recordswe have
> are from the 28th La, Volunteer Infantry. the 28th La. was not inexistence
> at the time of Shiloh April6-7, 1862, BUT if in fact he had statemilitia
> service ( with one of the three militia units I identified in theearlier
> post) when he signed up with the 28 La. he would have been givencredit for
> time served from his prior service, He was signing up for 3 yearsor
> whichever came first. It was common for officers as an inducementto
> to allow enlistees to "back-date" initial enlistment to time he hadjoined
> prior units.expire,
> When the three militia units I mentioned had their 90 enlistment's
> it would have been during the Siege of Cornith and many joined newor
> existing regular volunteer units. For example I think the CrescentReg..
> which was in fact 11 companies instead of the regulation called for10
> companies ... pretty much joined up enmass to form t___ I think andthis is
> from memory the 20th or 23 th La... Could be wrong on that.into
> Now unfortunately I just do not know exactly when the 28th La. came
> being.best of
> Now that brings us to the BIG problem with your information. To the
> my memory there was no 28th La. at Chickasaw Bluffs or thatsurrendered with
> the Vicksburg garrison. Now I will defer to " Dameron" who isreally
> resident expert on Vicksburg. But the provisional division underLee
> only division with La. infantry units in it at Chickasaw Bluffs andI am
> pretty sure ( not certain ) that the La infantry regiments wheremost of
> 17th,22nd,26th, 29th and 31st. I think the 3rd La. arrived after
> fighting completed... the 28th though I just do not remember. Alsono 28th
> La. at Shiloh. At the surrender in July 63 there was no 28th La.that
> surrendered --now on this one I am about 90% sure.Australian
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Holtin <holtin@n...>
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Monday, May 29, 2000 1:05 PM
> Subject: [civilwarwest] Medical Personnel
> > Hi, Y'all!
> > I am new to the Group, and look forward to meeting all of you.
> > I have had the good fortune to become close friends with an
> > whose great-grandfather emigrated to America about 1855. InMarch,
> > 1861, John Fearn Francis enlisted in New Orleans as a privatewith
> > 28th Thomas' Louisiana Infantry Regiment (Volunteers). He waspresent
> > at Chickasaw Bluffs/Bayou and was paroled at Vicksburg as a 2ndApril
> > Lieutenant. He lived in Mansfield, Louisiana, and was there on 8
> > 1864. After his death at Mansfield, his widow and childrenreturned home
> > to Australia. The events at Mansfield are another interestingstory
> > altogether!"Nurse in
> > A question: John Francis' military records show him to be a
> > Camp Hospital on Daily Duty", or "Nurse R.H." ("R.H"??? Regimentalthis
> > Headquarters, maybe?). My friend remembers family stories about
> > ancestor, including talk of Shiloh, but he can't remember theShiloh
> > connection. Is there any record of medical personnel from otherunits,
> > especially a NEW unit, being sent in to Shiloh AFTER the battle?later. Is
> > Francis enlisted 29 March 1862; Shiloh was less than ten days
> > that even a possibility? The earliest date shown on the CompanyMuster
> > Rolls and Regimental Returns is 30 April 1862.on
> > Or maybe it was that the story of Shiloh made such an impression
> > Ellen Francis (his widow) that the story has been passed on downto the
> > fourth generation.----------------------------------------------------------------------
> > Anyone have any thoughts on this?
> > Thanks!
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