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  • Alice Holtin
    May 29, 2000
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      Thanks 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 civilwarwest@egroups.com, "Stephen D Wakefield"
      <sdwakefield@p...> wrote:
      > One thing I neglected to mention ...I am assuming that the records
      we have
      > are from the 28th La, Volunteer Infantry. the 28th La. was not in
      > at the time of Shiloh April6-7, 1862, BUT if in fact he had state
      > service ( with one of the three militia units I identified in the
      > post) when he signed up with the 28 La. he would have been given
      credit for
      > time served from his prior service, He was signing up for 3 years
      the war
      > whichever came first. It was common for officers as an inducement
      sign up
      > to allow enlistees to "back-date" initial enlistment to time he had
      > prior units.
      > When the three militia units I mentioned had their 90 enlistment's
      > it would have been during the Siege of Cornith and many joined new
      > existing regular volunteer units. For example I think the Crescent
      > which was in fact 11 companies instead of the regulation called for
      > companies ... pretty much joined up enmass to form t___ I think and
      this is
      > from memory the 20th or 23 th La... Could be wrong on that.
      > Now unfortunately I just do not know exactly when the 28th La. came
      > being.
      > Now that brings us to the BIG problem with your information. To the
      best of
      > my memory there was no 28th La. at Chickasaw Bluffs or that
      surrendered with
      > the Vicksburg garrison. Now I will defer to " Dameron" who is
      > resident expert on Vicksburg. But the provisional division under
      was the
      > only division with La. infantry units in it at Chickasaw Bluffs and
      I am
      > pretty sure ( not certain ) that the La infantry regiments where
      > 17th,22nd,26th, 29th and 31st. I think the 3rd La. arrived after
      most of
      > fighting completed... the 28th though I just do not remember. Also
      no 28th
      > La. at Shiloh. At the surrender in July 63 there was no 28th La.
      > surrendered --now on this one I am about 90% sure.
      > Regards-
      > Wakefield
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: Holtin <holtin@n...>
      > To: <civilwarwest@egroups.com>
      > 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. In
      > > 1861, John Fearn Francis enlisted in New Orleans as a private
      > > 28th Thomas' Louisiana Infantry Regiment (Volunteers). He was
      > > at Chickasaw Bluffs/Bayou and was paroled at Vicksburg as a 2nd
      > > Lieutenant. He lived in Mansfield, Louisiana, and was there on 8
      > > 1864. After his death at Mansfield, his widow and children
      returned home
      > > to Australia. The events at Mansfield are another interesting
      > > altogether!
      > >
      > > A question: John Francis' military records show him to be a
      "Nurse in
      > > Camp Hospital on Daily Duty", or "Nurse R.H." ("R.H"??? Regimental
      > > Headquarters, maybe?). My friend remembers family stories about
      > > ancestor, including talk of Shiloh, but he can't remember the
      > > connection. Is there any record of medical personnel from other
      > > especially a NEW unit, being sent in to Shiloh AFTER the battle?
      > > Francis enlisted 29 March 1862; Shiloh was less than ten days
      later. Is
      > > that even a possibility? The earliest date shown on the Company
      > > Rolls and Regimental Returns is 30 April 1862.
      > >
      > > Or maybe it was that the story of Shiloh made such an impression
      > > Ellen Francis (his widow) that the story has been passed on down
      to the
      > > fourth generation.
      > >
      > > Anyone have any thoughts on this?
      > > Thanks!
      > >
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